The Jets could use some new blood at the running back spot, so how does this year’s class of potential running backs project to the NFL? D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal wrote about the curious case of a Combine phenom and spoke with Mike Mayock on the subject of running backs in general.
Mayock made the point that while running backs can be very effective, they are simply not valued as high anymore due to the trends of game. Mayock used the example of the two best players from last year and then spoke on this year’s class:
“The kid from North Carolina that went to Cincinnati (Giovani Bernard) had a phenomenal season,” Mayock said. “(Eddie) Lacy, the kid from Alabama that went to Green Bay, had a phenomenal season, so their impact on their two teams was significant.
“So, I don’t think it’s anything negative on the running back; I just think that it’s a pass-first league now so you’re seeing a lot of different draft picks getting pushed up ahead.”
Mayock believes the group of running backs for the 2014 draft, which is set for May 8-10, is talented.
“I think this running back group A) is talented, B) is deep and C) you kind of have to filter through it to see who you like because there are a lot of different flavors out there depending on what kind of offense you run,” Mayock said.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe like Chris Ivory immensely but he was only intermittently productive for the Jets as his injuries didn’t allow him to be relied on for the entire season. Bilal Powell played commendably but was in no way flashy. The idea of bringing in Mike Goodson was savvy, but the off-the-field concerns and his injuries removed any help he could add to the team. The Jets need to find backs who can share carries if required but offer more splash on plays outside the tackles.
While we could see the Jets making a play in free agency for a running back, this draft class will be full of options as well. As Mayock points out, this class is great because there are players that match all needs. Running backs like KaDeem Carey, Bishop Sankey, Jeremy Hill, Charles Sims and De’Anthony Thomas would fit the bill of the Jets needs … some might even have potential for three down work in time.