Senior Bowl: Look at the Running Backs who Accepted Invites

IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 07: Running back Akrum Wadley
IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 07: Running back Akrum Wadley /

This year’s Senior Bowl features some explosive ball carriers who could hear their name called early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl will be here quicker than expected which means we are getting a list of the players who will participate in the game. Several high profile running backs have already  joined the fray lead by Iowa’s Arkum Wadley, Oregon’s Royce Freeman, San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny and Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage.

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Wadley is my favorite of the bunch and someone who could be a real difference maker at the next level. He is an explosive athlete whose quick-twitch ability gives him a chance to score every time he touches the ball.

This is a back who also shows potential as a receiver out of the backfield. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come off the board early on the second day of the draft. I personally have him rated as an early 2nd round prospect.

Freeman is also a versatile player who was a major part of Oregon’s offensive success. He is someone who can work the edges while getting involved in the passing game. Freeman could be a a steal for someone in the middle rounds.

Ballage is a bigger running back who can work between the tackles. However, there are some areas of his game that limit his overall upside.

Penny is someone who I haven’t been able to completely scout as of now. However, there are many in the draft community who see him as someone with major upside. He has certainly had tons of success at the college level.