So, here'a Valentine's day gift for all my Colts' NFL draft fans.....
By now, some of you (perhaps even most of you?) have heard that the 2017 class of running backs is shaping up to be an all-time great class should everyone who can come out declare. (And some of these guys could go back to school and come out in 2018, but I suspect it's not likely)
10 really great looking backs. (In no particular order, this is NOT a ranking)
1. Leonard Fournette LSU
2. Nick Chubb Georgia
3. Sony Michel Georgia
4. Dalvin Cook Florida St.
5. James Connor Pitts
6. Royce Freeman Oregon
7. Corey Clement Wiscon
8. Samajie Perine Okla
9. Kevin Taylor Florida
10. Christian McCaffrey Stanford
Pretty incredible list. And who knows how many others might surface between now and the next 14 months or so?
Oh, and a footnote.....
Over on my Stanford site, one fan who has visits Pro Football Focus found this amazing factoid about McCaffrey..... how great was his 2015 season?
This great.......... (Cutting and Pasting from PFF)
Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford) had the best college season of any running back. Ever.
Do you remember Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin last year? He was unstoppable. In Week 14 of 2014 against Nebraska, he ran for what was at the time an NCAA record 408 yards en route to 2,587 yards on the year. He had the most yards of any running back in college football history other than the great Barry Sanders in 1988. Gordon led all running backs with a season grade of +31.7.
In 2015, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey made Gordon look like he was running in snow pants. By virtually every metric, McCaffrey had one of the most historic seasons we’ve ever seen. He shattered Barry Sanders’ all-purpose yards record by 614 yards (3,864). In the Rose Bowl, he was the first player in the bowl’s history to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. In the end, he graded out to +51 — almost 20 points higher than Gordon’s terrific 2014 season. In addition, he received a grade of +16.5 as a kick and punt returner – good for second in the nation. He runs, he catches and he returns kicks at an elite level.
I know we expected Eddie Goldman to go in the first round last year, and for Malcolm Brown to go maybe top 15, but neither thing happened so I guess it's not too far fetched to possibly have Ashawn on the board at 18. I'd pick the guy for sure.