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2021 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

2021 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

2021 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

Even though just one running back has been taken in the first round of each of the last two NFL drafts that doesn't mean the position is a complete afterthought in 2021. Travis Etienne will likely be the first running back to come off of the board but he may not be the only one taken when the first round takes place on April 29.

As part of Athlon Sports' 2021 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 25 running backs. How many of these are taking throughout the seven rounds is definitely worth watching. A total of 18 running backs were drafted last year, the fewest since 2010 (13).

2021 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

Rk

Player

School

1

Travis Etienne

Clemson

2

Najee Harris

Alabama

3

Javonte Williams

North Carolina

4

Kenneth Gainwell

Memphis

5

Chuba Hubbard

Oklahoma State

6

Michael Carter

North Carolina

7

Pooka Williams Jr.

Kansas

8

Khalil Herbert

Virginia Tech

9

Jermar Jefferson

Oregon State

10

Rhamondre Stevenson

Oklahoma

11

Trey Sermon

Ohio State

12

Kylin Hill

Mississippi State

13

Jaret Patterson

Buffalo

14

Demetric Felton

UCLA

15

Javian Hawkins

Louisville

16

Elijah Mitchell

Louisiana

17

Larry Rountree III

Missouri

18

Stephen Carr

USC

19

Chris Evans

Michigan

20

Trey Ragas

Louisiana

21

Mekhi Sargent

Iowa

22

Caleb Huntley

Ball State

23

Gary Brightwell

Arizona

24

Rakeem Boyd

Arkansas

25

Stevie Scott III

Indiana

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