2021 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

Travis Etienne is the top option for a team looking to give its backfield a boost

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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