Senior Bowl: Wednesday's RB Rankings

After three days of Senior Bowl practices, who are the top six running backs in Mobile? The votes have been tallied from our team of writers and analysts who are taking in the action. Check out the results inside...

1. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon

Blount is without a doubt the best running back in Mobile. At 6-foot, 245 pounds, Blount is a big, physical runner who excels between the tackles. Through three practices, he’s displayed patience, excellent vision and a burst through the line. He’s finished every run and won’t stop until the whistle is blown. He’s also done a nice job during blocking drills and has showed toughness. If Blount continues to play this way, there’s a strong chance that an NFL team will spend a mid-round selction on him. Despite his troubles, he’s a very talented runner.

Jackson has drawn comparisons to Atlanta Falcons FB Jason Snelling and has impressed in Mobile.
Virginia Athletics

2. Rashawn Jackson, Virginia

Through three practices, Jackson has been a consistent runner, receiver and blocker, and maintains his No. 2 rating among the running backs at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 239-pound Jackson has finished all of his runs strong, and is being recognized as a big back rather than a fullback.

3. Joique Bell, Wayne State

Day three of practice was Bell's finest performance, but it wasn't enough for him to surpass Jackson in the No. 2 slot. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Bell displayed more explosion through the hole and was much better out of the backfield catching passes. The one area that Bell has to sure up is his pass protection. He lacks technique and toughness.

4. Ben Tate, Auburn

Tate has been a disappointment through the first two workouts, but on Wednesday he finally broke off a few runs where you could see his burst and strength in the open field. The performance he put forth on Wednesday was good enough to supplant Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon, who's been a major disappointment. Tate still has to work on his pass catching and all around game, but as a downhill runner, he can be very productive at the next level.

5. Lonyae Miller, Fresno State

Miller is slowly moving up draft boards and finds himself in the No. 5 spot after another solid showing on Wednesday. The 5-foot-11, 220 pound Miller has been a pleasant surprise at the Senior Bowl and is a late round sleeper, who could compete for a roster spot at the next level. Miller has displayed toughness and deceptive quickness on the edge and between the tackles. His pass catching remains an issue.

6. Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State

Dropping from No. 4 to No. 6 in the rankings, Dixon has been a major disappointment through three practices. He has done very little to impress and appears out of shape and uninterested. At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, Dixon could stand to lose 10 - 15 pounds and increase his speed and agility. Dixon entered the week as a highly touted second round prospect, but will likely leave with a mid-round grade.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

Scout NFL Network Top Stories