NFL Teams Who Still Need a Running Back and Their Best Option in the Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette 

The times I’ve seen Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense succeed, it’s because they’ve been accompanied by a smashmouth style of running the ball. The times seem to be few and far between with their current backs. Fournette on the other hand, always runs like he’s smashing through a brick wall, even in the open field. Not only can he move the chains but with his deceptive speed, he is also a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

2. Carolina Panthers – Dalvin Cook

The Panthers had two of the best running backs in the league for quite some time but struggled to ever really secure a solid running game. Cook with his shiftiness, acceleration, and versatility, can be the guy to take the pressure off of their passing game and open up the lanes for their other playmakers.

3. Indianapolis Colts – Christian McCaffrey 

At first this doesn’t seem like a good fit. However, once you start picturing McCaffrey’s explosiveness in contrast to Frank Gore’s strength, you realize that these two have the potential to be the most recent version of “Thunder” and “Lightning.” McCaffrey will also add another valuable weapon to Andrew Luck’s arsenal. After Gore is gone, McCaffrey should be another piece the Colts can build around. 

4. Oakland Raiders – Joe Mixon

We used to all love to hate the Raiders because of what they represented. Now they are just a bunch of classy guys who are great athletes and play the game at a very high level . I don’t mean for this to justify or make light of what Mixon did, by any means, but I think he could bring an edge to this team that they are lacking and they could be good influences on him similar to LeGarrette Blount in New England.

5. Green Bay – Samaje Perine 

It seems the Packers front office is convinced that Ty Montgomery can be an every down back in their offense. I’m sure they don’t want to go into the season without a backup plan. Perine could give them an extra dimension and eventually develop into the starter to allow Montgomery to move back to the slot where he began.

6. New York Jets – Kareem Hunt 

With more pressing needs to fill, the Jets may be forced to wait to take a running back until after the position has been picked over a bit. That might not turn out to be a bad thing. Hunt is highly regarded and considered to be one of the most underrated backs in the draft and could be a major steal when he finally gets selected.

7. New York Giants – D’Onta Foreman

Foreman is a load. His playing weight was just under 250 pounds before he slimmed down to 235 to start practicing for the combine. At his new weight he ran a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. That’s unbelievably quick for a man that big. The Giants like to employ a power running game and this kid can definitely provide that and a whole lot more.

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