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Running Back: 2020 NFL Draft Sleepers

The Running Back position has been severely devalued of the past 20 years. Where it used to be that running backs would be guaranteed to go first overall. That’s not how the NFL operates anymore. There will always be some exceptions to that rule, though. Players like Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey deserved to go in the top ten. However, there are too many examples of teams being able to get great value in the later rounds of the NFL Draft year after year. Let’s take a look at who those running backs will be in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Running Back Sleepers

Antonio Gibson Memphis

Antonio Gibson is, first and foremost, an amazing athlete that can line up where ever you want on offense. He did, however, play mostly Wide Receiver at Memphis and some at tail-back. He’s a smaller version of Cordarrelle Patterson. NFL teams seem to view him as a future running back, though. Antonio is 6’0 and 228 pounds and had a total of 12 touchdowns his senior year. Four of them on the ground, and the other eight on the receiving end. His Scouting Combine was also one to remember as well. Mainly because of his blazing fast 40-yard dash, which was clocked at 4.39. The combination of his size and speed should make him a valuable commodity come draft time. I project Antonio Gibson to be a late second to early third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Lamical Perine Florida

Lamical Perine is by far my favorite late-round sleeper at the tailback position. He’s 5’11 218 pounds and just 22 years old. Perine participated in this year’s Senior Bowl, where he was able to show off his best attribute, which is his pass-catching ability out of the backfield. Lamical has the knack for making it look so easy at times with how smooth he plays. With that said, he’s not just a pass catcher. Perine is also a very physical back that can handle a heavy workload. We will look back at this draft and ask ourselves, how did Lamical Perine fall that far? I project him to be selected in the fifth round in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Anthony McFarland Maryland

Anthony McFarland will not be the best all-around back in this draft but will be a dynamic playmaker. With some jaw-dropping traits such as his speed and acceleration. His acceleration through the second level of the defense reminds me a lot of former Tennessee Titan tailback Chris Johnson. The former Maryland running back is 5’8 208 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds. Even with that crazy 40 time, Anthony plays even faster when the lights are on. He would be best served to land on a team that can pair him with a back like Derrick Henry. That way, he doesn’t have to do too much and can be the home run hitter he was meant to be. Anthony McFarland should be selected in the late fourth to the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Also, if you would like to see who my Wide Receiver sleepers aricle just click here.

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