Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah, and the Post-Combine RB Rankings from the Prospect Lab
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We now have athleticism numbers for most of the 2015 prospects, and I’ve updated the rankings through the Prospect Lab. While the 40 yard dash was a disaster for numerous runners, this is still a deep and intriguing class. I was originally discouraged by the weekend’s events, but going through this exercise helped me realize there were almost as many winners as losers. A shake-up like this can also give an advantage to evidence-based drafters. (We’ve reached the point in the draft process where we’re being told a lot of takes are “obvious,” when in many cases the assertion in question is factually incorrect.) For the runners who couldn’t run at the Combine for one reason or another, I’ve tried to be a little more conservative with their numbers than I was last time. It’s possible the Combine times understated the true speed of the RBs in this year’s class, and this seemed like the best way to address that.