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2013 NFL Draft Preview: Running Backs

Posted Apr 22, 2013

A look at some of the top running back prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

This week: running backs.

Below you will find five of the top prospects at a running back. For a photo gallery of the position group, click here.

TOP PROSPECTS AT THE POSITION:

MONTEE BALL
• POSITION: Running Back
• COLLEGE: Wisconsin
• HEIGHT: 5'10"
• WEIGHT: 214
• CAREER STATS: 924 carries, 5,140 yards, 77 TDs
• COMBINE: 4.66 40-yd. dash, 15 bench reps, 32 in. vert. jump
On who he models his game after:
"I try to model my game after Terrell Davis. He’s my idol. But I hear a lot and I’ve been watching a lot of tape ... I feel like I run a lot like Curtis Martin. We’re very balanced overall and very consistent."
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GIOVANI BERNARD
Player • POSITION: Running Back
• COLLEGE: North Carolina
• HEIGHT: 5'8"
• WEIGHT: 202
• CAREER STATS: 423 carries, 2,481 yards, 33 total TDs
• COMBINE: 4.53 40-yd. dash, 19 bench reps, 33.5 in. vert. jump
On his versatility:
"The biggest thing for me is being able to do everything. You don't want to limit yourself to just being able to run the ball or catch the ball. You want to be able to do everything, from run-blocking to pass-blocking to running the ball, catching the ball, punt returning, kick returning. You want to be able to be that guy. It's just a matter of having the opportunity to get on the field. And the more you can do, the more opportunities you're going to have."
ANDRE ELLINGTON
• POSITION: Running Back
• COLLEGE: Clemson
• HEIGHT: 5'9"
• WEIGHT:199
• CAREER STATS: 621 carries, 3,436 yards, 33 TDs
• COMBINE: 4.61 40-yd. dash, 34 in. vert. jump, 122 in. broad jump
On how he fits in at the NFL level:
"I’m capable of being an every down guy. Not the biggest guy, but I can do some of the things some of the biggest guys can do, if not better. I can play first down throughout third, or go in there on a 4th-and-1, squeeze through a hole and make a first down."
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JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN
Player • POSITION: Running Back
• COLLEGE: UCLA
• HEIGHT: 5'10"
• WEIGHT: 205
• CAREER STATS: 788 carries, 4,403 yards, 31 TDs
• COMBINE: 4.49 40-yd. dash, 18 bench reps, 31.5 in. vert. jump
On being unique:
"There are a lot of great running backs. I love watching all of them. But I feel every running back is totally different and has their own swag and own style of play. Every day, I just try to make Johnathan Franklin the best he can be."
EDDIE LACY
• POSITION: Running Back
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 5'11"
• WEIGHT: 231
• CAREER STATS: 355 carries, 2,402 yards, 30 TDs
• COMBINE: Did not participate
On producing in the biggest games:
"I was able to show up in the big games on the big stages, and in the NFL, every game is a big game no matter what. So if I was able to perform well in those games, you know it should be an indication that I can do the same thing in the NFL."
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