Projecting the NFL Scouting Combine: Running Backs

Stanford's Bryce Love runs against Oregon State in 2018.Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

Welcome to's "Projecting The Combine" series, which features predictions at each position for who will be invited to Indianapolis for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Next up is running backs. Over the past five years, the Combine has averaged 33 running back invites (23 running backs drafted per year).

In 2018, the Combine featured 32 running backs invited to Indianapolis, with three runners selected in the first round, which tied the most taken in Round 1 since 2012 (three). There are no running backs currently considered to be a Day 1 lock, but there are several candidates who may be in the mix.

Below is a breakdown of Combine invites and the number of running backs drafted over the past five years. By taking the median number, we try to predict the running back invitations for the 2019 Combine:

NOTE: Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to officially declare for the NFL Draft.

Running Backs invited To NFL Combine

2018: 32

2017: 33

2016: 29

2015: 36

2014: 36

Selected In NFL Draft

2018: 22

2017: 30

2016: 21

2015: 22

2014: 22

2019 NFL Scouting Combine Prediction: Running Backs

The Top 5

  1. Bryce Love, Oklahoma (Day 2) -- Despite an injury-plagued season, speed kills; Love can rally to recapture the title of top running back prospect in the draft with a strong showing in Indianapolis.

  2. Damien Harris, Alabama (Day 2) -- The powerful runner has proven to be an effective all-around back and while he won't post earth-shattering testing numbers, his body of work makes him an early round pick.

  3. Mike Weber, Ohio State (Day 2) -- While he wasn't even the featured starter (J.K. Dobbins) on his own team, Weber is a pro-ready back who would continue to thrive in a similar committee type backfield at the next level.

  4. Benny Snell, Kentucky (Day 2) -- The Wildcats' all-time leading rusher has been a workhorse back during his time in Lexington and possesses excellent size, while flashing impressive speed and agility.

  5. David Montgomery, Iowa State (Day 2) -- His 40-yard dash time will be one of the more discussed 40s in Indy, as Montgomery showcases great open-field instincts but lacks elite-level speed.

The Rest

  1. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma (Day 2)

  2. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State (Day 2)

  3. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame (Day 2)

  4. Myles Gaskin, Washington (Day 2)

  5. Devin Singletary, FAU (Day 2)

  6. Karan Higdon, Michigan (Day 2)

  7. Darrell Henderson, Memphis (Day 3)

  8. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia (Day 3)

  9. L.J. Scott, Michigan State (Day 3)

  10. Jalin Moore, Appalachian State (Day 3)

  11. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M (Day 3)

  12. Ryquell Armstead, Temple (Day 3)

  13. Jordan Scarlett, Florida (Day 3)

  14. Travis Homer, Miami (Day 3)

  15. Nick Brossette, LSU (Day 3)

  16. Alec Ingold, Wisconsin (Day 3)

  17. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh (Day 3)

  18. Miles Sanders, Penn State (Day 3)

  19. Damarea Crockett, Missouri (Day 3)

  20. Alexander Mattison, Boise State (Day 3)

  21. Darwin Thompson, Utah State (Day 3)

  22. Ty Johnson, Maryland (Day 3)

  23. Kerrith Whyte, FAU (Day 3)

  24. Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska (UDFA)

  25. Aca'Cedric Ware, USC (UDFA)

  26. Marquis Young, UMass (UDFA)

  27. Patrick Laird, California (UDFA)

  28. Chandler Cox, Auburn (UDFA)

2019 NFL Combine Projections:

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