The 49ers need a running back. Not a starter – a backup.
By my count, backup running back is the Niners’ 10th-biggest need behind starting outside linebacker, starting inside linebacker, starting cornerback, backup guard, backup wide receiver, backup quarterback, backup free safety, backup outside linebacker and backup defensive tackle.
Should the Niners sign a backup running back? Absolutely not. They’re rebuilding, and rebuilding teams build depth through the draft. The Niners should sign only starters this offseason.
The Niners can find a good running back after the fifth round. Check out some of the running backs who were drafted in the sixth round, seventh round, or not all the past few years. I added each player’s career stats next to his name.
Latavius Murray. 348 carries/1,490 rushing yards/8 rushing TDs
Alfred Morris. 1,078/4,713/29
Alfred Blue. 352/1,226/4
James Starks. 555/2,361/9
Andre Ellington. 364/1,601/9
Spencer Ware. 72/403/6
Justin Forsett. 733/3,599/18
Rashad Jennings. 749/3,179/20
Undrafted free agents
Thomas Rawls. 147/830/4
Chris Ivory. 883/4,031/24
C.J. Anderson. 338/1,607/13
LeGarrette Blount. 869/3,961/31
Joique Bell. 561/2,235/22
Charcandrick West. 160/634/4
Isaiah Crowell. 333/1,313/12
Shaun Draughn. 151/527/3
DuJuan Harris. 107/452/2
Check out the videos I posted below if you’re interested in which running backs the Niners can get after Round 5.
Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia, 5-11, 201 lbs.
Tre Madden, USC, 6-1, 225 lbs.
D.J. Foster, Arizona State, 6-0, 195 lbs.
Tra Carson, Texas A&M, 6-0, 235 lbs.
Marteze Waller, Fresno State, 5-11, 215 lbs.