1. Adrian Peterson- He’s everything you could possibly want in a back. It’s easy to just say that Adrian Peterson is a great running back because of the power and speed that he brings to the table but what really stands out about him is his vision. I can definitely say that he’s the best in the NFL when it comes to lateral movement behind the line of scrimmage and finding a seam. Once he sees that open seam, that’s when we see the power, speed and toughness of all day. He’s a violent runner and wants to run through you to get yards and move the chains down the field. He’s also capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. He will go down as one of the best ever to play the position.
2. LeSean McCoy- Shady has become a star in the league today. He’s not a guy who gains yards after contact but he has the speed and agility to break tackles along with exceptional footwork. He has the agility to cut back, plant that foot and break away from defenders all over the field. Shady is the best at creating missed tackles. When you talk about him from a speed standpoint, the man has top-notch speed. He’s become one of the very best at creating missed tackles. LeSean McCoy maybe the closest thing I’ve seen to Barry Sanders in terms of making defenders miss and hip flexibility in the open field.
3. Jamaal Charles- Not a power runner, but he has the strength to run through some arm tackles in the open field. When healthy, Jamaal Charles is one of the best big plays threats in the game today because of the speed he displays once the ball is in his hands. He does a great job of bouncing outside of the box to get away from defenders, shows good vision running through lanes and moving to the outside. Jamaal is also a key component in the receiving game. He’s a dual threat at the position and can get you 100 yards on the ground and 100 yards as a receiver.
4. Matt Forte– Standing at 6’2 and weighing in at 222 pounds, Matt has the strength and build to power over defenders when they meet him for contact. He has the speed to get away from defenders but he’s not a guy who can break away for a 90 yard gain. He’s great at hitting the edge and if he has some open space, he’ll get you a big chunk of yards. He’s a big asset to a Bears offense that was ranked in the top ten just a season ago. He’s also a factor in catching the ball from Cutler in the flats of the field.
5. Marshawn Lynch– I’m a very big fan of this guy. You won’t find another physical, aggressive runner in the game today other than Marshawn Lynch. He’s arguably the best power back we have in the game right now. He won’t get to a defender with speed, he’s the guy that’s going to keep going even with multiple guys trying to bring him down. How could we forget that run in the playoffs a few years back against the Saints when he pretty much carried the whole defense into the end-zone with him? He’s a downhill runner who enjoys contact and that’s when he’s at his best when someone tries to hit him, he still keeps it going.