NFL Draft: Ranking the top five running backs

Annette Crawford
April 23, 2018

With the 25 overall pick of the NFL Draft, the Titans are largely at the mercy of the teams in front of them in the first round. We were starting to find ourself as an offense and understanding what we could and couldn't do, and we were taking advantage of the opportunities that we had.

It still remains to be seen where Allen will go in the draft, which is scheduled to begin April 26, but he has been projected to go high in the first-round. After months and months of speculating, we will finally know where these prospects will end up.

Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports - QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)Like the Darnold-to-Giants talk, word on the street is that the Jets are eyeing Mayfield at No. 3. They skipped a private workout with USC's Sam Darnold. "Absolutely. You can't have enough of them on your team".

That uncertainty is due to a combination of things - the two most obvious being an ever-growing chasm between college and the pros and poor scouting/draft tactics being implemented by a league that seems overrun by groupthink - however, the uncertainty of the draft remains the only bankable aspect of its nature.

"Number two, and what I think is a little bit more important, in today's National Football League, you've got to have some escapability, some ability to buy some extra time".

- The Seahawks desperately want to move down without a single selection in the second or third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The first-rounders with the two best throwing percentages in college - Brandon Weeden and Robert Griffin III - have failed to have sustained success in the NFL. "Or you can trade down".

A few surprise names that come off the board earlier than expected: Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips (No. 10 overall, Oakland Raiders), UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller (No. 23 overall, New England Patriots) and Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown (No. 29 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars). I think he's a smart kid. He doesn't sound concerned about the prospect of dealing with the pressures of NY. "But staying cool, calm and collected is what I've always been preached, and I think that's what I'm going to keep doing".

"He's better off in a simple system where he can just line up and go as opposed to being asked to do multiple tasks", Mayock said. "The guy's a really good football player".

As for other players worth mentioning, Luis Perez has seen his best stock rising late in the draft process and could finish out the run by being drafted late as a flyer with potential to grow into something impactful. Rumor has it, they aren't going to make that same mistake this year. I'm a guy of structure.

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