Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

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Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby lukkynumber13 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:49 pm

It's almost useless to rank RBs in a dynasty setting, as a guy like Derrick Henry or D'Onta Foreman could be way more valuable to a rebuilder than a D. Murray or even McCoy might be. Perine vs Gore, or Mixon vs Doug Martin, etc.

So if you were drafting RBs just PURELY on their talent and not situation, who are the most talented running backs in the league right now? As runners and as pass catchers both, who are the "elite" guys? Where are the tier breaks?
T1
ELI, Flacco
ZEKE/LYNCH, Foreman, Ellington, Darkwa, D Williams, M Jones, Yeldon
WATKINS/ALSHON/THIELEN/MACLIN, J-Matt, Wallace, Humphries, Dorsett, Rudolph, Hansen (AROB/Marshall)
KELCE, Engram, Watson, Shaheen, Maxx
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DL: JORDAN/FLOWERS/ANSAH, Hughes, Addison, Short, M Jackson, Okafor
LB: CUNNINGHAM/GOODSON/E KENDRICKS, N Vigil, Schobert, James, Morrison, Simon, Nick K, C. Jones, Pullard (FREEMAN)
DB: ADDAE, FARLEY, POYER, Maye, Heath, Amos, Simmons

T2
MARIOTA, Cousins, McCown
GORDON/GURLEY/AJAYI, Mixon, Gore, T West, Hill, D Williams, Dayes
DEZ/CRABS/PARKER, Fitz, Pryor, M Bryant, M Williams, J-Matt, T Smith, Wallace, Zay, Reynolds, Rudolph, Strong, Hansen (AROB, Meredith)
DOYLE, Engram, Watson, Swoope, Dickson
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DL: GRIFFEN/BUCKNER/HEYWARD, Leo W, Wilkerson, Ogbah, Okafor, Zettel, Tomlinson, Covington
LB: WRIGHT/GOODSON/HUMBER/KIKO, Klein, Hightower, Ford, Simon, McPhee, C Jones, Judon, Scarlett, Pullard, Mayo
DB: CHURCH/WARD/ADDAE, T Wilson, Simmons, Farley, C Davis

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby lukkynumber13 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:02 pm

Here's my top 15, based on talent from what I've seen:

Bell
McCoy
DJ
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Zeke
M. Gordon
Ajayi
Freeman
Gurley
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D. Murray
Fournette
D. Martin
Lynch
Hunt
CJA
Hyde
T1
ELI, Flacco
ZEKE/LYNCH, Foreman, Ellington, Darkwa, D Williams, M Jones, Yeldon
WATKINS/ALSHON/THIELEN/MACLIN, J-Matt, Wallace, Humphries, Dorsett, Rudolph, Hansen (AROB/Marshall)
KELCE, Engram, Watson, Shaheen, Maxx
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DL: JORDAN/FLOWERS/ANSAH, Hughes, Addison, Short, M Jackson, Okafor
LB: CUNNINGHAM/GOODSON/E KENDRICKS, N Vigil, Schobert, James, Morrison, Simon, Nick K, C. Jones, Pullard (FREEMAN)
DB: ADDAE, FARLEY, POYER, Maye, Heath, Amos, Simmons

T2
MARIOTA, Cousins, McCown
GORDON/GURLEY/AJAYI, Mixon, Gore, T West, Hill, D Williams, Dayes
DEZ/CRABS/PARKER, Fitz, Pryor, M Bryant, M Williams, J-Matt, T Smith, Wallace, Zay, Reynolds, Rudolph, Strong, Hansen (AROB, Meredith)
DOYLE, Engram, Watson, Swoope, Dickson
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DL: GRIFFEN/BUCKNER/HEYWARD, Leo W, Wilkerson, Ogbah, Okafor, Zettel, Tomlinson, Covington
LB: WRIGHT/GOODSON/HUMBER/KIKO, Klein, Hightower, Ford, Simon, McPhee, C Jones, Judon, Scarlett, Pullard, Mayo
DB: CHURCH/WARD/ADDAE, T Wilson, Simmons, Farley, C Davis

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby AussieMate » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:16 am

Love this idea, I won't get a chance till the weekend but I'll definitely put one together. Wouldn't mind a wr version as I have long thought of aj green as close to the top in talent alone

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby Dynasty DeLorean » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:11 am

Now what do you mean by talented. Some on this forum believe talent is being big and fast, so to them Keith Marshall is supremely talented.

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby spider321 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:42 am

Henry > Murray
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QB - Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, Jacoby Brissett
RB - Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon
WR - Mike Evans, AJ Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Doug Baldwin, Evan Engram, Amari Cooper, Corey Davis
K - Wil Lutz
IDP - Khalil Mack, Alec Ogletree, Von Miller

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby Kaz » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 am

I'd assume by talent that he means ability to produce in the NFL if put in a situation where factors like the O-Line, defenses, and other aspects were the same.
QB: Ryan, Simian, Bridgewater
RB: McCoy, Lynch, McKinnon, R.Kelley
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TE: Olsen, Clay, Kittle
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LB: Mosley, D.Jones, Wright, Treviathan, V.Williams, McMillan
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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby Tsunami » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:48 am

Still Jamaal Charles.

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby balaberda » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:11 am

Tsunami wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:48 am
Still Jamaal Charles.
If/When CJ goes down Jamaal will be a monster. I don't know how long it will last but the guy is unreal.

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby Valhalla » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:22 am

Tsunami wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:48 am
Still Jamaal Charles.
Yep I was thinking the same

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby lukkynumber13 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:02 am

Charles still has some juice left but in no way do I think he is currently a top-15 RB in this league. But hey, that's what this post is for - we all got our own opinions!
T1
ELI, Flacco
ZEKE/LYNCH, Foreman, Ellington, Darkwa, D Williams, M Jones, Yeldon
WATKINS/ALSHON/THIELEN/MACLIN, J-Matt, Wallace, Humphries, Dorsett, Rudolph, Hansen (AROB/Marshall)
KELCE, Engram, Watson, Shaheen, Maxx
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DL: JORDAN/FLOWERS/ANSAH, Hughes, Addison, Short, M Jackson, Okafor
LB: CUNNINGHAM/GOODSON/E KENDRICKS, N Vigil, Schobert, James, Morrison, Simon, Nick K, C. Jones, Pullard (FREEMAN)
DB: ADDAE, FARLEY, POYER, Maye, Heath, Amos, Simmons

T2
MARIOTA, Cousins, McCown
GORDON/GURLEY/AJAYI, Mixon, Gore, T West, Hill, D Williams, Dayes
DEZ/CRABS/PARKER, Fitz, Pryor, M Bryant, M Williams, J-Matt, T Smith, Wallace, Zay, Reynolds, Rudolph, Strong, Hansen (AROB, Meredith)
DOYLE, Engram, Watson, Swoope, Dickson
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DL: GRIFFEN/BUCKNER/HEYWARD, Leo W, Wilkerson, Ogbah, Okafor, Zettel, Tomlinson, Covington
LB: WRIGHT/GOODSON/HUMBER/KIKO, Klein, Hightower, Ford, Simon, McPhee, C Jones, Judon, Scarlett, Pullard, Mayo
DB: CHURCH/WARD/ADDAE, T Wilson, Simmons, Farley, C Davis

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby lukkynumber13 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:04 am

Dynasty DeLorean wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:11 am
Now what do you mean by talented. Some on this forum believe talent is being big and fast, so to them Keith Marshall is supremely talented.
I mean when you watch games or gamefilm, who do you watch and say to yourself on a consistent basis: dang, that dude is a beast!

So I'm talking footwork, speed, change of direction, trucking ability, breaking tackles, shiftiness, all of it.
T1
ELI, Flacco
ZEKE/LYNCH, Foreman, Ellington, Darkwa, D Williams, M Jones, Yeldon
WATKINS/ALSHON/THIELEN/MACLIN, J-Matt, Wallace, Humphries, Dorsett, Rudolph, Hansen (AROB/Marshall)
KELCE, Engram, Watson, Shaheen, Maxx
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DL: JORDAN/FLOWERS/ANSAH, Hughes, Addison, Short, M Jackson, Okafor
LB: CUNNINGHAM/GOODSON/E KENDRICKS, N Vigil, Schobert, James, Morrison, Simon, Nick K, C. Jones, Pullard (FREEMAN)
DB: ADDAE, FARLEY, POYER, Maye, Heath, Amos, Simmons

T2
MARIOTA, Cousins, McCown
GORDON/GURLEY/AJAYI, Mixon, Gore, T West, Hill, D Williams, Dayes
DEZ/CRABS/PARKER, Fitz, Pryor, M Bryant, M Williams, J-Matt, T Smith, Wallace, Zay, Reynolds, Rudolph, Strong, Hansen (AROB, Meredith)
DOYLE, Engram, Watson, Swoope, Dickson
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DL: GRIFFEN/BUCKNER/HEYWARD, Leo W, Wilkerson, Ogbah, Okafor, Zettel, Tomlinson, Covington
LB: WRIGHT/GOODSON/HUMBER/KIKO, Klein, Hightower, Ford, Simon, McPhee, C Jones, Judon, Scarlett, Pullard, Mayo
DB: CHURCH/WARD/ADDAE, T Wilson, Simmons, Farley, C Davis

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Postby mclilj » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:39 am

to the OP I think you have Gordon too high, maybe Ajayi as well. Gordon appears to be pretty TD dependent. I think you should have Gurley and Freeman above them, and maybe some of the rooks if we're really just talking pure talent.
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Postby ImaRounder » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:27 am

Gurley
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Everyone else.

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Gurley
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Everyone else.

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Re: Who are the most talented RBs in the NFL right now?

Postby Valhalla » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:19 pm

I don't get the continued Gurley love as one of the best. I get that he was SUPPOSED to be great. He looks like a pretty damn good pass catcher and when he gets past the trenches running against the secondary he's very impressive. He looks absolutely lost while trying to get THROUGH the trenches...and that is...sort of critical...maybe?...for a workhorse RB on a pound the rock team.


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