What a crazy NFL season it has been so far. Who had the Jets battling the Bills and Dolphins for the AFC East division while the defending champions find themselves looking up at the Seahawks? For some, the season has been a pleasant experience while others have already set their eyes on the 2023 NFL Draft. Watching the Jets and Seahawks both trot out highly talented rushers, it’s time to look at the top running back prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft!
The top of any list of running back prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft is the Texas standout Bijan Robinson. For the season, he has already rushed for over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns helping to power a resurgent Longhorn program. As a prospect, Robinson looks like a running back that can simply do it all.
He leads college football in broken tackles while torturing defenses in open space. A unique blend of speed and power, the 6′ foot, 215 pound back has also been a significant factor in the Longhorn passing game. In only 10 games last year, he brought in 26 catches, which is about the same amount as Ezekiel Elliot in his final two collegiate seasons. For reference, Elliot caught 28 in 15 games in 2014 and and 27 in 13 games in 2015.
Despite his collegiate pedigree, there is always risk with taking a first round running back in the draft. Najee Harris’ second season continues too underwhelm with the Steelers increasing the workload of UDFA Jaylen Warren.
With that said, running backs are still a fun and exciting position in the NFL. Don’t be too surprised to see a team fall in love with the bruising back and make him an early pick. Maybe a team like the Eagles makes sense with the Saints’ draft pick?