The receivers are getting most of the attention in the 2022 NFL draft. However, the class of running backs will give something for offensive coordinators to think about and defensive coordinators will scratch their heads wondering how to slow these guys down. These running backs will make you wonder how offenses will create opportunities with them.
Brian Robinson- Running back-Alabama– Perhaps you’ve heard this too many times, but Alabama is the master at making running backs NFL ready. If we’re not talking about Derrick Henry, we’re talking about Robinson. He has good ball-carrying vision and shows patience when needed. He’ll need to improve on this, however. Robinson will need to do a better job of reading defenses as the NFL’s run stoppers are stronger than anything he has faced in the SEC.
Robinson shows he has “burner wheels” at times. The Crimson Tide sure valued speed on offense last season and Robinson was no exception to that. He’s similar to Nick Chubb but perhaps a little faster.
Hassan Haskins-Running back-Michigan– Haskins is one of the most elusive running backs you’ll ever see. His cutback ability will make defensive players miss tackles regularly. His ability to identify gaps to run through is second to none. He has some quickness too but he’s far from the fastest back in this class. He’s similar to Alvin Kamara or Christian McCaffrey. He is patient in letting a play develop and knows how to trust his blockers. Haskins isn’t nearly as fast as Robinson but his agility makes him a valuable playmaker.
Rashaad White-Running back- Arizona State– White is one of the most balanced running backs in this draft class. He has some speed but not quite the burner wheels that Robinson has. He’s more a pure power back who will bowl over defensive players who dare to get in his way. He breaks tackles with ease and can be difficult to catch up to in open space. White is a bulky runner who’s hard to bring down. At 6 feet and 210 pounds, White is a physical brute and will cause defensive players headaches, literally and figuratively. He plays with a similar style to Derrick Henry. The only major glaring weakness is that he doesn’t start his acceleration at the line of scrimmage. He often replies on accelerating several yards past the line of scrimmage. This is something White needs to improve on.
Stay tuned for more from NGSC Sports on the 2022 NFL Draft.