The 2014 NFL Draft has officially wrapped and now is the time where the fans look forward to the preseason to see how the new players perform on the field. For the next few weeks, I’ll be covering each position and the notable players selected.
Yesterday I covered the quarterback position, which you can check out here.
Today I’ll be discussing the running back position. Running back used to be a lot more important early on in the draft but has since become more of a “second round” need for most teams. This year marked the first year that a running back was not selected with one of the first 50 picks. In fact, the first running back was taken with the 54th overall pick.
Bishop Sankey was the lucky running back to go with the 54th pick to the Tennessee Titans, who recently parted ways with Chris Johnson. One pick later, the Bengals snatched up Jeremy Hill from LSU. The Bengals already have a decent backfield with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, so it was a little surprising that they decided to pick up another running back.
Ohio State star Carlos Hyde landed with the 49ers. The Niners really got a steal with being able to grab Hyde at pick 57 and he more than likely will serve as their future franchise running back, as Frank Gore is in his 30s now.
Another notable running back selected was Auburn standout and Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason, who the Rams were able to get in the third round. Storm Johnson was another well known name, but he was not picked up until the seventh round. Johnson has the honor of playing with his former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles down in Jacksonville.
The KC Chiefs took running back De’Anthony Thomas in the fourth round. Thomas will be considered more of an offensive weapon than a running back more than likely. Think Dexter McCluster. Thomas will pretty much be filling McCluster’s shoes by running, catching, and returning kickoffs and/or punts.