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Senior Bowl Preview: Running Backs

We are now less than two months away from the Senior Bowl, so if you haven’t already, it’s a great idea to start getting ready for the event that kicks off the NFL Draft season. It’s a good class of running backs going pro this season, indicating that this group will be solid as well. That being said, let’s take a look at how Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy hit with last season’s group:

Ryquell Armstead, Temple – 6th round pick – RB2 for Jacksonville Jaguars
Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh – UDFA
Karan Higdon, Michigan – UDFA – Houston Texans practice squad
Wes Hills, Slippery Rock – UDFA
Tony Pollard, Memphis – 4th round pick – RB2 for Dallas Cowboys
Dexter Williams, Notre Dame – 6th round pick – RB3 for Green Bay Packers

Half of the class was drafted and has made an impact with their teams in the NFL this season as rookies. Pollard in particular looks like he could be a star in the future, once he steps out of the shadow of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot.

Here is the list (so far) that Nagy’s staff has compiled for 2020:

Zack Moss, Utah
Lamical Perine, Florida
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Let’s get into the Senior Bowl class of 2020.

Zack Moss, Utah

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Want to talk about a running back? Zack Moss missed the end of the 2018 season with a torn meniscus and the Utah offense felt his loss. Coming back this season has been a real treat for the Utes, who have destroyed their competition almost every week and have obtained a 10-1 record at this point of the season.

Moss is a shifty running back with a valuable jump cut to create time and adjust to the hole as it’s created. His field vision is good and he shows decent contact balance in the trenches. He’s really a speed guy, I wouldn’t be shocked if he runs a sub 4.4 in March at the NFL Combine. Moss is a talented individual who will probably go late day two or early day three.

Lamichal Perine, Florida

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Lamical Perine has been Florida’s bell cow running back since head coach Dan Mullen took over the program at the beginning of last season. At 5’11” and 218 pounds, Perine has not only good size to be a powerful runner, but he has speed to move to the perimeter when the play calls for him to do so. He’s also proven to be a reliable pass catcher, which is a valuable asset in today’s NFL.

Perine has the skill set to be a three down back in the NFL. He has hands, he can block well in pass protection, runs between the tackles as well as he does outside. He’s a three down runner, and has the size and tread on the tires to make him a top end option. He’s a top ten running back in this class in my book and a late day two to early day three prospect.

Ke’shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

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Ke’Shawn Vaughn probably should have entered the NFL Draft cycle last season, as he was one of the hottest prospects at his position in December of last year. Now, he’s become a bit of the forgotten man in this class after performing on a talent-lacking Vanderbilt squad this season that has not produced much of anything all year.

Vaughn has good size too, listed by Vanderbilt at 5’10” and 218 pounds. Despite that size, Vaughn is more of a track star. He has shown excellent speed as well as good contact balance that allows him to be a threat in the open field and after the catch as a receiver. He’s the weakest of the bunch right now, but only because he hasn’t produced in 2019.

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