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2013 NFL Draft Rankings: RB Big Board

The Titans desperately need some depth behind the superstar

Joseph Randle. Is he running right past Texas and into Nashville in April?
Joseph Randle. Is he running right past Texas and into Nashville in April?

Fortunately for the Titans, there are some quality backs in this year's class that could fall to them. The wheels are slowly coming off CJ1K after getting a vast majority of the work for a number of years. It's time to find a suitable backup to be the eventual heir apparent. Jamie Harper and his weekly audition tape for Dancing with the Stars isn't cutting it. Javon Ringer, is well, a free agent and likely not brought back for a second tour. Darius Reynaud isn't a true back.

Eddie Lacy showed well throughout the season even with the fact that he was in a committee with freshman sensation TJ Yeldon. He was helped tremendously by the Tide OL being what it is but Lacy was the main workhorse. The national title game performance turned a lot of heads. He is a man, a very big man. Bernard gets the nod over Randle for second but it's close in terms of production and skill set. I liked Randle's continued production in 2011 even with the Cowboys being the Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon show. Randle did well in 2012 despite being the focal point and multiple QB changes. Taylor didn't skip a beat this year even after losing his lineman to the pros and being the primary offensive weapon. He's another warhorse type of back. Gillislee just sneaks in over the very productive Kenjon Barner due to the consistent level of production in a better conference. Both are speed merchants with sneaky power. Montee Ball is the most intriguing prospect to watch after struggling early and coming on late in the year. Franklin was a consistent producer for 4 years and broke out in 2012 with some competent QB play helping him for a change. Graham is a sleeper pick waiting to happen. The predraft tour should help him in the eyes of scouts. I like Bell for what he is, a plodding 3rd down and goal line back that will get you the tough inside yards. The one worry I do have for him is the amount of work he was given (600+ carries in 2 years). Just missed: Rex Burkhead Nebraska, Marcus Lattimore South Carolina, Zac Stacy Vanderbilt, Montel Harris Temple, Christine Michael Texas A&M, Michael Ford + Spencer Ware LSU

Name H/W School Year
1. Eddie Lacy 6'0 220 Alabama Junior
2. Giovanni Bernard 5'10 205 North Carolina RS Sophomore
3. Joseph Randle 6'1 200 Oklahoma State Junior
4. Stepfan Taylor 5'11 208 Stanford Senior
5. Mike Gillislee 5'11 209 Florida Senior
6. Kenjon Barner 5'11 195 Oregon Senior
7. Montee Ball 5'11 210 Wisconsin Senior
8. Andre Ellington 5'10 190 Clemson Senior
9. Johnathan Franklin 5'10 205 UCLA Senior
10. Ray Graham 5'9 195 Pittsburgh Senior
11. Stefphon Jefferson 5'11 210 Nevada Junior
12. Le'Veon Bell 6'2 238 Michigan State Senior