Here's a quick analysis of the running backs and full backs in this year's East-West Shrine Game. They're one of the better positions in the game this year, so they'll be worth watching.
Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas. Brown is one of the best running backs in this year's game. He's drawn comparisons to DeMarco Murray, and with the right system in the NFL, he could be a major steal in the NFL Draft. He could make a huge statement this week.
Jonathan Crockett, RB, NDSU. Crockett isn't as big a name as some of the other guys on this list, but he could play his way into an NFL committee. He's another small school guy that could use the Shrine Game to propel his draft stock. He'll be interesting to follow.
Larry Dixon, FB, US Military Academy. Dixon might be the best fullback in this year's draft class, but his military obligations will lead teams to shy away from him on draft day. I'm hoping he has a great week. In college, he was a master at the fake handoff; he was once tackled 34 times in a single game while only carrying the ball 8 times. He's a fun guy to watch, and hopefully his tour of duty is both safe and rewarding.
Terrance Magee, RB, Louisiana State. Magee isn't going to be a starter at the next level, but he could be a great change of pace back in the NFL. He's a quick player and could be a Darren Sproles-type of guy in the NFL.
Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma. Ripkowski is going to be a fun guy to watch this week. He hits hard, sometimes too hard. He also occasionally leads with his head, which is problematic. That being said, I love a hard hitting fullback, and look forward to seeing him on the field this week.
Zach Zenner, RB, SDSU. Zenner is one of my favorite later running backs in this draft. He's had a great career in college and he's extremely NFL ready. I think he's this year's version of Terrance West. IA guy that builds up a lot of hype going into the Draft. This is where it starts for him.
Which players on this list will make an impact in the NFL next season? It all starts here. Their college careers are done, and now they'll put the last bits of film on tape before heading to the draft. It's an exciting time for the NFL! --Mike B
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