The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and I feel there are so many good players you should know about but I want to introduce 5 players you may have not heard about. When the Draft comes along, everyone has heard of the guys given Combine invites, or the guys the mainstream media may be talking about, but what about the kids who are not getting the love they deserve? When it comes to the running back position, everyone is going to talk about the big named players from Alabama. Do not get me wrong, they are both studs, but if I talk about them right now I am not giving someone who was not given a huge platform at the combine a shot. So let’s talk about some Diamonds in the Rough!
Ryan Fulse, RB, Wagner – He is a grinder, that I fell in love with over his senior year. To me he is the best small school running back in my opinion. I would draft him and start him. He is a player I feel can do it all, out the backfield. He is from Fort Meade, Florida and there is something about Florida running backs that fire me up, just watch the film you will see why I love him.
Marquis Terry, RB, SE Missouri – He is only 5’7 but this kid is a monster. He can crush you out the back field in the passing game and get low behind the offensive lineman to get to the end zone. He was a 1000 yard back and the most explosive thing on the Redhawks offense. He may end up being an undrafted guy but I would sign him because of his explosiveness.
Jordan Gowins, RB, Stony Brook – Jordan Gowins is a guy you better look at, especially after his pro day. His Pro Day numbers were, 4.43 40 yd dash & 30 bench press reps while weighing in at 239.9 lbs. This kid is freak folks who stand just under 5’11 inches. Gowins would be a great asset to a team looking to add a third down back.
James Madison, RB, Idaho State – This kid reminds me of Willis McGahee, he is so hard to bring down after first contact. So many of his runs he keeps his legs churning. He is the type of player that will get into a camp and never look back. Madison had a solid pro day running a 4.6 forty but that is good for a strong back like Madison. He will make you pay if you try to tackle him high.
Xavier Turner, RB, Tarleton State – Xavier killed his pro day and could end up hearing his name called in April. Xavier Turner has been gaining some buzz around NFL circles. He ran a 4.52 at his pro day and clearly has some power and contact balance to his game. As the draft approaches, you better get to know Xavier Turner.