2021 NFL Draft: Rhamondre Stevenson an ideal mid-round RB target

2021 NFL Draft prospect Rhamondre Stevenson #29 of the Oklahoma Sooners (Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Rhamondre Stevenson #29 of the Oklahoma Sooners (Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams lead an impressive group of running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft class. All three of the prospects mentioned above have a ton of upside at the next level and could be under consideration for many teams in the first round. That being said, the 2021 NFL Draft running back class also has a ton of depth, with many interesting options expected to be available later.

In particular, Rhamondre Stevenson stands out as a nice value target for many teams in the middle rounds. After going the JUCO route after high school, Stevenson has spent the last two seasons at Oklahoma. In 19 games over the last two years, Stevenson carried the ball 165 times for 1,180 yards (7.2 YPC average) and 13 touchdowns.

He is a big and powerful back who measured in at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds at the Oklahoma Pro Day. Stevenson is an impressive downhill runner who sees the field well. He has quick feet for such a big running back prospect and shows great instincts with the ball in his hands, weaving in and out of traffic with ease.

Stevenson displays impact power at the point of attack and maintains balance through contact extremely well. He does a fantastic job of getting low at the point of attack and driving his feet throughout the tackle attempt. Simply put, Stevenson is an absolute load to bring down in the open field.

While Stevenson does change directions quickly and shows quick overall feet, he does lack burst through the hole and is not overly explosive with the ball in his hands. Stevenson is never going to be much of a big-play back but he certainly has some exciting ability as a strong and consistent chain-mover.

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Overall, Stevenson is a quick and powerful running back prospect who could come in and provide immediate impact for a team, even if it is in a limited role. While he is not a perfect player, Stevenson should provide plenty of value to any team that features a Gap rushing scheme and should be high on the radar of those teams in the middle of the 2021 NFL Draft.