NFL draft's top running backs

March 30, 2000

1999 Avg.

Player, school Ht. Wt. yds. gain Ken Murray's skinny

Thomas Jones, Virginia 5-10 210 1,798 5.4 Great skills and attitude, but not a pile-mover

Shaun Alexander, Alabama 5-11 218 1,383 4.6 Tough, instinctive runner, strong in passing game

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 5-10 260 1,834 6.1 Powerful runner, suspect as blocker and receiver

Jamal Lewis, Tennessee 6-0 230 816 4.5 Great upside, but coming off shoulder, knee injuries

J.R. Redmond, Arizona State 5-11 220 1,085 4.8 Versatile cutback runner and return specialist

Travis Prentice, Miami, Ohio 5-11 219 1,659 4.7 Strong, physical back with average speed

Reuben Droughns, Oregon 5-11 207 1,139 4.4 Excellent speed, but runs too upright

Trung Canidate, Arizona 5-11 190 1,602 6.3 Extremely fast, but too one-dimensional

Demario Brown, Utah State 6-0 211 1,536 5.5 Not fast, but could be between-tackles runner

Curtis Keaton, James Madison 5-10 209 1,659 5.7 Instinctive with speed, climbing draft boards

Shyrone Stith, Virginia Tech 5-7 205 1,119 5.0 Small but could produce in right system

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