2014 NFL Draft running back rankings

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As it seems to be every year, the running back class is deep but maybe doesn't have a player worthy of being a first-round pick. But fear not financial advisers to running backs, five were taken in the second round this year and that could happen again in 2014.

We continue to have Lache Seastrunk as the top running back. While there could be questions about the system at Baylor making things easy for running backs, he has the speed to break a run deep at any time. There's enough vision, shiftiness and power to push him ahead of the other running backs.

Bishop Sankey of Washington rates highly not because of speed, but because of his determined running style. Although he's just more than 200 pounds, he's a tough tackle and always seems to get extra yards after contact. For a bigger back, Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin runs with the fluidity of a 190-pound speedster. He may rise to the top of rankings before everything is said and done.

The big riser for now, though, is Andre Williams of Boston College. The nation's leader in rushing is a legit NFL prospect because of his strong running style and enough speed to hit long runs.

1. Lache Seastrunk | 510, 210 pounds | Running back | Baylor *
2. Bishop Sankey | 5'10, 203 pounds | Running back | Washington *
3. Melvin Gordon | 6'1, 203 pounds | Running back | Wisconsin **
4. Ka'Deem Carey | 5'10, 196 pounds | Running back | Arizona *
5. Andre Williams | 6'0, 227 pounds | Running back | Boston College
6. Carlos Hyde | 6'0, 242 pounds | Running back | Ohio State
7. Jeremy Hill | 6'2, 235 pounds | Running back | LSU **
8. De'Anthony Thomas | 5'9, 176 pounds | Offensive weapon | Oregon *
9. Charles Sims | 6'0, 213 pounds | Running back | West Virginia
10. Storm Johnson | 6'1, 217 pounds | Running back | Central Florida *
11. Marion Grice | 6'0, 205 pounds | Running back | Arizona State
12. LaDarius Perkins | 5'10, 190 pounds | Running back | Mississippi State
13. Tre Mason | 5'10, 205 pounds | Running back | Auburn *
14. David Fluellen | 6'0, 215 pounds | Running back | Toledo
15. Rajion Neal | 5'11, 212 pounds | Running back | Tennessee *
16. Devonta Freeman | 5'8, 208 pounds | Running back | Florida State *
17. James White | 5'10, 197 pounds | Running back | Wisconsin
18. Dri Archer | 5'8, 175 pounds | Offensive weapon | Kent State
19. James Wilder Jr. | 6'2, 229 pounds | Running back | Florida State *
20. Silas Redd | 5'10, 200 pounds | Running back | Southern California
21. Antonio Andrews | 6'0, 211 pounds | Running back | Western Kentucky
22. Michael Dyer | 5'9, 212 pounds | Running back | Louisville *
23. Karlos Williams | 6'1, 227 pounds | Running back | Florida State *
24. Isaiah Crowell | 5'11, 215 pounds | Running back | Alabama State *
25. Jay Ajayi | 6'0, 220 pounds | Running back | Boise State
26. James Sims | 6'0, 200 pounds | Running back | Kansas
27. Ameer Abdullah | 5'9, 190 pounds | Running back | Nebraska *
28. Damien Williams | 5'11, 211 pounds | Running back | Oklahoma
29. Tra Carson | 6'0, 227 pounds | Running back | Texas A&M **
30. Roy Finch | 5'7, 167 pounds | Running back | Oklahoma
31. John Hubert | 5'7, 191 pounds | Running back | Kansas State
32. Timothy Flanders | 5'9, 210 pounds | Running back | Sam Houston State
33. Ben Malena | 5'9, 195 pounds | Running back | Texas A&M
34. Prince-Tyson Gulley | 5'10, 192 pounds | Running back | Syracuse
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