2009 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Running Backs

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NFL Gridiron Gab starts a look at some of the big names in the upcoming NFL Draft. Today – we look at the running backs:

Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, Junior, 5’11” 217lbs:

Strengths: Moreno has been turning heads since he arrived at Georgia’s campus, and earned the respect of his teammates and coaches through his incredible work ethic and motor. He always keeps his feet moving, finishing off his runs, and is very elusive. He has also shown that he is a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.

Weaknesses: As evidenced by his 4.6 forty yard dash, Moreno is not a burner in the open field. Scouts obviously don’t base everything on the forty, but it certainly doesn’t help him if they think that he cannot separate in the open field and break the long gain.

Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells, Ohio State, Junior, 6’1” 235lbs:

Strengths: Wells is a bruiser and makes tackler’s pay with his outstanding stiff arm. Wells was the go-to-guy the last two seasons for one of the nation’s premier football programs, which shows you his impact on games. He is a downhill runner, and what he lacks in top-end speed, he makes up for with power and agility.

Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Wells his entire career up to date has been nagging injuries that seem to surface every year. He will have to show scouts that he is one hundred percent, and can stay healthy over the course of a season. He also doesn’t have elite speed, but that is to be expected at his size.


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