With players getting bigger, faster and stronger, the running back has become a devalued position in the NFL. For the second consecutive year, a back likely won’t be selected in the first round. According to ESPN, Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde is the top running back prospect, and he’s ranked 38th overall.
Heisman finalist Tre Mason is the fourth-ranked back, just one spot behind fellow SEC rusher Jeremy Hill. Oregon speedster D’Anthony Thomas ranks as the eighth-best back, and 119th prospect overall.
Below is the complete list of Scouts Inc. and ESPN’s top running backs for the 2014 NFL Draft.