Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins) – I love how Drake performed late in the 2017 season, however he’s never been an every down back so there’s a concern he won’t be able to handle a full work load. The Dolphins have one of the worst offensive lines and the addition of Gore and Kalen Ballage hurts Drake. Gore is still one of the best 3rd down backs in the league, and Ballage is a bruiser. The rookie Ballage is 6’2″ 230 lbs. and ran a 4.46 40 at the combine. Drake may start as the #1 back, however could lose touches to both Gore & Ballage.
Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia Eagles) – I might regret listing Ajayi on this list, however I’ve never been a believer. Hearing that Wentz may not be ready for the opener, and Alshon Jeffery may be out the first six weeks may help Ajayi with more touches. The departure of Blount definitely helps, however Ajayi will still lose touches to both Clement & Sproles on 3rd downs. Ajayi’s health is a real concern as he’s only played 14 games in the past two seasons and never played a full season in his four year career. Additionally, for some reason he can’t find the end zone. In his career he’s had 517 carries with only 10 rushing td’s. That’s 1 rushing td per every 2 – 3 games. Not very encouraging!
Lamar Miller (Houston Texans) – I’m not saying Miller’s going to be a total bust, however beware if you’re drafting him as your #2 RB. It looks like Watson is recovered from his injury and will help Miller in the run/pass game. However, it also looks like D’Onta Foreman is also healthy and could steal touches from Miller. Before rupturing his Achilles in November, Foreman looked powerful and more explosive than Miller. I’m guessing this could turn into a committee backfield if Foreman is fully recovered.
Carlos Hyde (Cleveland Browns) – In 2017 Hyde had his best season as a pro (940 rushing yards, 8 rushing td’s, & 59 receptions). However, I’m not drafting any of the Browns RB’s this year unless they fall late in the draft. The RB situation screams headache. The Browns didn’t draft Nick Chubb early in the 2nd round to sit on the bench. Plus, don’t forget about Duke Johnson as the pass catcher on 3rd downs. I’m not a believer in Tyrod Tayloer, however it appears the Browns are looking to air it out with the addition of Landry & possibly Dez Bryant. There’s going to be a lot of mouths to feed with those two along with Gordon and the emerging Njoku at TE.
Jamaal Williams (Green Bay Packers) – Although you can draft Williams late in your draft, he may only be a two game starter while Aaron Jones sits while being suspended. Although Jones may not regain the starter position right away, Jones is by far the better back and will eventually take over as the starter. Williams is an average RB at best. With 153 career carries, Williams’ longest run is only 25 yards and averages 3.6 yards/carry. In contrast, Jones has 81 career carries, has a longest run of 46 yards and averages 5.5 yards/carry. Plus, don’t forget about Ty Montgomery in the mix!