2024 NFL Draft Class: Running back rankings No. 13-16
13. Jonathon Brooks, Texas
Draft Grade: Sixth Round: The only reason why Jonathon Brooks is rated this low is that he suffered a season-ending torn ACL. When healthy Brooks is easily a second-day pick due to his downhill running style that routinely saw him pick up the tough yards. He also has the speed to break off the long run which helped him average 6.1 yards this season and over 6 yards per carry all three years he has been at Texas. The biggest issue with him will be overcoming his season-ending injury by the start of training camp. Another concern scouts will have with him though is that he has an upright running style that can lead to him taking big hits.
14. Blake Watson, Memphis
Draft Grade: Seventh Round : A smaller back who has put up impressive production at the Group of Five level is Blake Watson. Watson who spent his four seasons at Old Dominion rushed for 2,144 yards and 14 touchdowns while also hauling in 60 receptions during his time with The Monarchs. This season was his first at Memphis and he was able to post his second 1,000-yard rushing season and also set a career high with 50 receptions. As a pro prospect, he is a quick back who shows surprising power. Look for him to make it as a rotational back in the NFL.
15. Emani Bailey, TCU
Draft Grade: Seventh Round: Another running back who had a breakout season is Emani Bailey. This season Bailey set career highs in carries, yards, and receptions. As a runner, he is a one-cutback who shows the ability to bounce off defenders. While he has a good chance of making it as a backup in the NFL, his lack of agility could limit his production at the next level.
16. Jase McClellan, Alabama
Draft Grade: Seventh Round: While Jase McClellan has put up only average production look for him to get looks late in the NFL Draft. The main reason for this is he is a downhill runner who has the power to blow through tacklers and also the speed to break off the big run. He also shows good hands in the passing game despite not many passes being thrown his way. One more positive with him and one that could earn him a spot in the NFL is he does a great job of covering kicks. On the downside, he is a straight-line runner who does not avoid many tacklers. He also has battled his share of injuries including the current ankle injury he is dealing with and a torn ACL in 2021.