One of the positions the New York Giants have yet to address this offseason is running back. The Giants could look to add one of the few free agents left on the market or turn to the draft to fill the void.
The Giants running back depth chart as it currently stands consists of Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, and Orleans Darkwa. Jennings closed out the year strongly, but is 30 years old and may not have much left in the tank. Vereen isn’t a true feature back, and will continue to be used mainly on 3rd down. Williams has been nothing short of terrible in two seasons with the Giants, and Darkwa is still a project.
There isn’t much left of the running back free agent market, but the Giants could elect to take a flyer on a back of the price is right. Arian Foster is the biggest name left, but as a 30-year old coming off of a torn achilles it doesn’t make sense for the Giants to go there. Two potential names to watch for are James Starks and .Alfred Morris. Starks has always played well when given the opportunity, but he has mostly been part of a committee for the entirety of his career. Morris makes the most sense as a 27-year old looking to bounce back after he failed to rush for 1000 yards last season for the first time in his career. Both players would be reasonable options, however I think it is more likely that the Giants decide to address the position during the draft.
Many mock drafts have linked the Giants to Ohio State Ezekiel Elliott, who is unquestionably this year’s most talented running back prospect. Still, I think the Giants decide to go with the best defensive player available with the 10th pick.
It would not be surprising to see the Giants add a running back after the first round however, as there seems to be a few options that would make sense. One of these players could be C.J. Prosise out of Notre Dame. Prosise was the engine of the Notre Dame offense in 2015. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry for 1,032 yards with 11 touchdowns before injuries robbed him of a few games late in the year. He also had 24 receptions for 308 yards and a score. At the combine, Prosise ran a 4.48 40 yard dash and also showed off his excellent receiving ability.
Another running back that the Giants could look to in the draft would be Alex Collins out of Arkansas. Collins is a downhill runner and projects as a 3-down back in the NFL. He had a very productive 2015 season with the Razorbacks, rushing for 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is also one of the better blocking backs in this draft class.