This is what I see when I watch the top-six running backs from this year’s draft class. To read my wide receiver comparisons, click here. To read my quarterback comparisons, click here and here.
Melvin Gordon: DeMarco Murray. Sprinters who have thick legs.
Todd Gurley: Willis McGahee. Dominant college backs who hurt their knees.
Jay Ajayi: Edgerrin James. Big, fast, elusive runners who also catch passes.
Ameer Abdullah: Tiki Barber. Small, fast, elusive runners who also catch passes.
Duke Johnson: Justin Forsett. Excellent runners in a zone-blocking scheme.
Tevin Coleman: Darren McFadden. Sprinters who have bird legs.