Baltimore Ravens: NFL Combine Day 2 – WR, QB, RB

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Early Stock Risers: Running Backs

David Johnson, Northern Iowa

David Johnson had a very solid day starting with the forty-yard dash. He ran an unofficial 4.50 both times, which is very fast for a 224 pound back. In today’s NFL, teams love running backs that can catch out of the backfield, and Johnson has some of the best hands in the running back class and showed those off in the route running drills. Johnson may not hear his name called till Day 3, but he will be a very solid value pick in that area.

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

This biggest reason Gordon’s stock went up today is because of Todd Gurley’s injury. Gordon vs. Gurley will continue to be one of the biggest debates until the draft, but with Gordon being healthy it gives him a significant advantage over Gurley. Today Gordon proved himself to be the best running back out of those who performed. He was fluid and showed very quick bursts and cuts in the cone drills. He even impressed in the route running drill. As long as Gurley stays on the sideline, Gordon’s stock will continue to rise.

Other Running Back Notes:

One of my favorite running backs – David Cobb – looked to have injured his quad on his first forty-yard dash and was forced to retire for the rest of the day. I still believe Cobb is a quality talent and can be a solid third round pick for a team needing a running back. Two guys from the Dakotas caught my eye. FCS standout Tyler Crockett from North Dakota State made solid cuts and looked sharp in the running drills. South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner showed off his solid hands in the catching drill and could be a nice late-round option.

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