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Draft scouting report: Running backs

Day Two

Name, School … Ht. … Wt

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State … 6-0 … 230

Tre Mason*, Auburn … 5-8 … 207

Bishop Sankey*, Washington … 5-9 … 209

Jeremy Hill*, Louisiana St. … 6-1 … 233

Andre Williams, Boston College … 5-11 … 230

Terrance West*, Towson … 5-8 … 225

Lache Seastrunk*, Baylor … 5-9 … 201

Dri Archer, Kent State … 5-8 … 173

Day Three

Ka’Deem Carey*, Arizona … 5-9 … 207

Charles Sims, West Virginia … 6-0 … 213

James White, Wisconsin … 5-10 … 195

Devonta Freeman, Florida State … 5-8 … 206

Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern … 5-9 … 209

Storm Johnson, Central Florida … 6-0 … 209

Tyler Gaffney, Stanford … 6-0 … 220

Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State … 5-11 … 224

De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon … 5-9 … 174

David Fluellen, Toledo … 5-11 … 224

Sleeper: Terrance Cobb, Cumberlands, 5-10, 221


Even though there aren’t any obvious first-round picks (which is why there are none included for “Day One”), the RB class is strong. Hyde is a load, but he can get around the edge, too. He could be as good as Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy. … Mason is in the mold of Ravens star Ray Rice. He broke Bo Jackson’s single-season Auburn record, and he runs north-south. … Sankey broke Corey Dillon’s UW single-season record despite not much help. He’s not shifty but he’s durable; never missed a game. … Williams led the BCS with 2,177 yards last season. He’s a good grunt, not shifty. … LSU’s Hill is a big back who can elude or deliver a hit. He’s on probation for the next year. … Baylor’s Seastrunk is compact and has breakaway speed. … Towson’s West is well built and has quick feet. He rushed for an amazing 2,509 yards and 41 TDs last season. ... Archer ran the fastest time at the combine (4.26) but he’s tiny. He’s like the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster and may be a situational receiver.

Carey could be a steal if he lasts to the fourth round. He’s not fast but he does everything well. He led the nation in rushing in 2012. … Freeman could be a good third-down back. West Virginia’s Sims transferred from Houston and caught the ball well at the Senior Bowl. …. McKinnon, who ran the triple option in college, ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds. … UCF’s Johnson is another third-day pick who could be a steal. He’s well-rounded, runs with power and can catch. … Gaffney runs hard and is a great athlete. He played baseball in the Pirates’ chain. … Fluellen is from Lockport and might be a late-round pick. … Crowell is an elite athlete who started out at Georgia but he has off-the-field baggage that pushes him down the draft board.

The News’ 10-page NFL Draft Preview is part of Wednesday’s editions.

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