The Falcons have dipped into the Senior Bowl talent pool multiple times under their new regime, and they’ve gotten mixed results. Regardless, there is a lot of talent in Mobile this week, and the running backs in particular, are a positional group to get excited about. With Cordarrelle Patterson hitting free agency and Mike Davis a potential cut candidate, this is a position that Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot will be watching closely. I’ll be going through each offensive positional group, and Alex will be handling the defense. Previous editions are listed below:
RB Hassan Haskins – Michigan
Haskins is one of my favorite prospects at the Senior Bowl, and he’s a guy that truly pops every time he’s on tape. Not only is Haskins a very tough-nosed runner between the tackles, but he’s a great athlete with burst that has a knack for hurdling defenders. If the Falcons take a running back late on day two, Haskins makes a ton of sense as a potential feature franchise running back.
RB Tyler Badie – Missouri
Although he had a quiet college career, Badie was very productive at Missouri. He’s an agile back that can make big plays happen with the football in his hands. That sounds right up Arthur Smith’s alley, especially if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves in free agency.
See some Tarik Cohen with Tyler Badie. Eager to see him in Mobile.
Smaller, rocked-up frame. Bursts in/out of cuts. Breaks tackles with balance. Outstanding pass-catching traits. pic.twitter.com/BY2c9G75pf
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 21, 2022
RB Jerome Ford – Cincinnati
Although he’s an absolute bowling ball in the backfield, the former Alabama back Jerome Ford is a lot quicker than you would think. His teammates rave about his leadership and football IQ, and he’s a pretty clean prospect that was part of a very good Cincinnati team. Ford is definitely a player the Falcons will look to have a conversation with this week.
Not a lot of 215-pound backs have the type of burst Cincinnati’s Jerome Ford does, and he’s got the contact balance you crave to pair with it. Senior Bowl is stacked with fun RBs this year. pic.twitter.com/efzHUt8zA9
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) January 27, 2022
*Note — James Cook withdrew from the Senior Bowl, but he was originally slated to go. He is one of my favorite running back prospects for this cycle.
RB Dameon Pierce – Florida
I think the Falcons will have a close eye on Dameon Pierce; he didn’t get a lot of burn in Dan Mullen‘s offense in 2021, but when he did, he averaged 5.7 yards per carry to go along with thirteen scores. On top of his production as a runner, Pierce averaged 11.6 yards per catch and showed some impressive chops as a pass blocker. His legs should be pretty fresh as well. I think he’s a perfect fit for the Falcons.
Yeah Arthur Smith is gonna like this kidpic.twitter.com/WAf6DhvQbd
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) December 24, 2021
RB Brian Robinson Jr. – Alabama
Although Robinson isn’t your typical feature running back from Alabama, he’s still a tough runner that fights for yards on every carry and can make plays in the passing game. He wouldn’t be a bad developmental pick, but I think there are better options available.
Nobody at the RB position for the 2022 NFL Draft cuts the way Brian Robinson does pic.twitter.com/kZore8uBdu
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 27, 2022
RB ZaQuandre White – South Carolina
White is a tough, physical runner that has a lot of burst between the tackles. He didn’t have a ton of production at South Carolina, which may make his legs a little fresher than some other backs.
Good Lord, 6-1, 215-pound ZaQuandre White lookin’ like he was shot out of a cannon on this run pic.twitter.com/3IGpaa29NE
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 5, 2021