Running Back Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

RUNNING BACK RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT

Running back has become an increasingly marginalized position as far as the NFL draft goes lately, with only a solitary back being selected in the top round over the past two years - and that pick (Clyde Edwars-Helaire KC) barely made it -- at number 32. Teams now generally undervalue the position and have come to the consensus opinion that quality can be had later in the draft and still provide production on the field.

This drought of high-running back sections may be coming to an end in 2023 thanks to Texas Longhorn Bijan Robinson - he’s a dominator at every level of the game. This former five-star recruit has ideal size at 6-0 220, explosive speed, the power to move the pile along the with the natural instincts you look for at the position. Twenty years ago he would be viewed as a candidate for the top overall pick, in 2023, with luck he’ll make the top half of the opening round.

There’s a bit of drop-off after Robinson but still, talent can be found in the form of Alabama’s Jahamyr Gibbs, who’s not only is a shifty back with power he also excels in the receiving game.
Zack Evans from Ole Miss has a similar level of talent – he’s a natural runner and an impressive athlete who struggled with injuries in 2021 while at TCU. He transferred to Ole Miss in the off-season with the hope of gaining more exposure and especially production - and so this year will be make or break for him.

Kenny McIntosh is the top senior in the group and he’ll likely get national attention as he leads the ground attack for Georgia this fall in an attempt to audition for a spot in the top three rounds in the NFL Draft.

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Player Rankings - Running Back

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Bijan
Robinson

RB
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
220lbs 6-0 4.49 1 10.5
91.6
Bijan Robinson is an impressive athlete with ideal size and power for a traditional workhorse back. Has produced wherever he has...
2

Jahmyr
Gibbs

RB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
200lbs 5-11 4.46 2 35.1
88.9
He’s not the kind of guy who will define an offense as a runner but can be a star on the ground running behind a zone scheme. Gi...
3

Zach
Evans

RB
Ole Miss   Mascot
Ole Miss Mascot
215lbs 6-0 4.42 3 39.2
88.5
Demonstrated the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Good flexibility and balance to adjust to the poorly thrown pass. Go...
4

Devon
Achane

RB
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
185lbs 5-9 4.24 5 58.7
87.4
Elusive, pogo stick-quick back with excellent initial burst and very good long speed. Gets to top speed quickly. Turns the corner ...
5

Zach
Charbonnet

RB
UCLA   Mascot
UCLA Mascot
220lbs 6-1 4.41 8 79.6
84.1
Charbonnet has really helped his stock this past year and his move to UCLA proved to be an excellent move. He has ideal size fo...
6

Sean
Tucker

RB
Syracuse   Mascot
Syracuse Mascot
205lbs 5-10 4.54 4 54.1
83.4
Tucker finishes runs well and flashes the ability to get small and squeeze through traffic. He’s a quality receiver with soft han...
7

Mohamed
Ibrahim

RB
Minnesota   Mascot
Minnesota Mascot
210lbs 5-10 4.52 12 135
83.1
He’s solid in blitz pickup, and Ibrahim consistently showed the ability to anchor against bigger players. Difficult to bring down...
8

Eric
Gray

RB
Oklahoma   Mascot
Oklahoma Mascot
211lbs 5-10 4.44 14 160
83.1
Gray runs with violence; he’s capable of thrashing through tacklers, and Gray has the natural balance to withstand contact. A co...
9

DeWayne
McBride

RB
UAB   Mascot
UAB Mascot
215lbs 5-11 4.52 10 124
83.0
McBride has the size and toughness to be developed as a pass protector. He shows very good balance between the tackles, running b...
10

Kenny
McIntosh

RB
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
210lbs 6-1 4.52 7 69.4
82.5
McIntosh does a nice job with recognition as a pass protector and gives good effort. He’s patient, letting blocks develop then ac...
11

Tank
Bigsby

RB
Auburn   Mascot
Auburn Mascot
213lbs 6-0 4.48 6 59.5
82.4
A compact runner, Bigsby has a rare blend of balance, agility and instincts. Shows a surprising burst to beat linebackers to the ...
12

Chris
Rodriguez Jr...

RB
Kentucky   Mascot
Kentucky Mascot
224lbs 5-11 4.55 9 115.3
82.3
Doesn't possess elite breakaway speed, but is fast enough to gain yardage in chunks when Rodriguez finds a seam. A big back with...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Running Back

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Running Back

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.