New York Jets: Running Back Prospects In NFL Draft

A look at what running backs the New York Jets could consider in this year’s NFL Draft

The New York Jets are likely to add another running back to their current depth chart which features Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, and Bilal Powell. Unless they are looking to make an unexpected power move into the top six, they probably aren’t going to end up with Trent Richardson who is the consensus top back in the draft. If for some reason Richardson begins to slide at all, I wouldn’t be stunned if the Jets made a strong push to move up for him. He is the type of player who could change the dynamic of their offense and is exactly the type of power back Rex Ryan/Tony Sparano craves. Regardless, it is more likely the Jets will spend one of their other nine picks on a running back. Here is a quick review of a few potential targets –

Doug Martin, Boise State – 5’9, 223 pounds, 4.47 forty – Martin has been climbing up draft boards and is expected by some to sneak into the bottom of the first round. The Jets would have to take a long look at him if he was still on the board at #47. Martin is a versatile, well-rounded back who could immediately push Shonn Greene for carries and develop into the long term number one back. He catches the football exceptionally well.

David Wilson, Virginia Tech – 5’10, 206 pounds, 4.40 forty – Another back quickly rising up draft boards, who the Jets could be hard pressed to ignore in the second round. Wilson had a monster combine and has potential to be a much needed home run hitter for the Jets. Similar to Martin, he catches the football very well and would immediately press for substantial playing time.

LaMicheal James, Oregon – 5’8, 194 pounds, 4.37 forty – A burner who projects to being a third down back in the NFL. If the Jets took him in the 3rd round, it wouldn’t bode well for Joe McKnight’s future with the team.

Chris Polk, Washington – 5’11, 215 pounds, 4.46 forty – A back the Jets could also consider in the third round. He has good size and is a power runner. Polk is cut from a similar mold as Shonn Greene and could be groomed as a replacement for him if he showed potential in his rookie season.

Isaiah Pead,¬†Cincinnati – 5’10, 197 pounds, 4.41 forty – A player the Jets could look at in the 5th round. Pead has the skill set to be an explosive third down back, with his speed and ability to catch the football. He would compete directly with Joe McKnight for reps.

Robert Turbin, Utah State, 5’10, 222 pounds – 4.44 forty – Could be a very good value pick in the 5th round if he is still around. He has very good speed for a back with his size and is also elusive for a bigger back. He is the type of guy who surprise early in training camp and become a contributor immediately.

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