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JT Jag
01-02-2007, 12:38 AM
Next year's draft is looking really intriguing. Darren McFadden, Ian Johnson, Ray Rice and Steve Slaton are all playing as well as many seniors, and several of them could have been first-round picks if they were eligible for the draft this year. Which will have the best full career?

NickBam
01-02-2007, 12:39 AM
I'm jumping on the Boise State Love Train. Go Ian Johnson.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
01-02-2007, 12:39 AM
IAN JOHNSON!!!

weezer1195
01-02-2007, 12:48 AM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?

4pAc
01-02-2007, 12:53 AM
Ian "pimp juice" Johnson

JT Jag
01-02-2007, 01:00 AM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?Barring Davis, they all were under 1,000 yards rushing this year. That's where they were.

CC
01-02-2007, 01:02 AM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?Barring Davis, they all were under 1,000 yards rushing this year. That's where they were.

Yea, but over 5 ypc.

NickBam
01-02-2007, 01:03 AM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?Barring Davis, they all were under 1,000 yards rushing this year. That's where they were.

Yea, but over 5 ypc.

No one else had to share a backfield with someone the caliber of CJ Spiller either.

rainbeaukid2
01-02-2007, 01:48 AM
jonathon stewart is the most balanced, he is fast but he can also truck you. he also runs lower than, say mcfadden, which makes him less injury prone. i would take stewart

BUSTKUNTLAWL
01-02-2007, 01:49 AM
Rashard Mendenhall

Paranoidmoonduck
01-02-2007, 03:22 AM
I like Jonathan Stewart's chances in the NFL over the long term if his knees hold out, but I wouldn't rule out McFadden being the best.

Ian Johnson is going to make some ZBS team incredibly happy.

01-02-2007, 10:10 AM
It won't actually be Johnson but I'm voting for him anyway.

keylime_5
01-02-2007, 10:12 AM
Slaton's not that good.......It's the WVU system. If he were in the big ten or SEC he wouldn't start.

Shane P. Hallam
01-02-2007, 10:14 AM
Slaton and Rice are great college players, but don't translate the best. It will be McFadden of those choices.

Jughead10
01-02-2007, 10:15 AM
Right now only Ray Rice is having success in what could be considered something similar to a pro style offense. Although I really think McFadden will be the best if could run a little lower.

eazyb81
01-02-2007, 10:19 AM
Slaton's not that good.......It's the WVU system. If he were in the big ten or SEC he wouldn't start.

Highly disagree.....Slaton is a stud and would certainly start for most teams D1.

roidrunner
01-02-2007, 10:31 AM
PJ Hill, he is a redshirted freshman. Does that count??

Philliez01
01-02-2007, 11:04 AM
What about that Bradshaw guy from Marshall? Ahamad I think his first name is?

HawkeyeFan
01-02-2007, 11:30 AM
On that list Steven Slaton. But IMO I gotta go with
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/writers/mark_beech/10/05/oregon/p1_stewart_1005.jpg

TIP
01-02-2007, 11:44 AM
Slaton's not that good.......It's the WVU system. If he were in the big ten or SEC he wouldn't start.

:lol: :lol: :lol: Please. with that kinda speed and agilty yes he would start for some programs in both the big ten and the SEC. Stop being biased against WVU and the Big East. He is a stud

01-02-2007, 11:45 AM
Slaton's not that good.......It's the WVU system. If he were in the big ten or SEC he wouldn't start.

:lol: :lol: :lol: Please. with that kinda speed and agilty yes he would start for some programs in both the big ten and the SEC. Stop being biased against WVU and the Big East. He is a stud

He would start both ways on IU.

RWFender1
01-02-2007, 12:01 PM
Slaton is the man..i think he will do good at the next level. I wish he would transfer to USC! 8)

P-L
01-02-2007, 12:04 PM
McFadden or Jonathan Stewart.

Chucky
01-02-2007, 12:06 PM
It will definatly be Mcfadden

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
01-02-2007, 12:33 PM
D-Mac gets injured waaaay too easily, and Slaton is having a little fumble troubles. I gotta go with Ian Johnson here. On the Boise State Bandwagon :D.

elway777
01-02-2007, 12:36 PM
Johnathon Stewart is better than all these sophmore backs as far as talent.Too bad its going to waste at Oregon.

Javzz
01-02-2007, 01:06 PM
D-Mac gets injured waaaay too easily, and Slaton is having a little fumble troubles. I gotta go with Ian Johnson here. On the Boise State Bandwagon :D.

Eh, cause the only serious injury he has gotten was from kicking a curb barefoot? Besides that there's only really the sprained ankle he had from Florida.

Don Vito
01-02-2007, 01:11 PM
Jonathan Stewart is the closest to the total package of all the RB's in that class. I think will be one of the best players in the NFL 3 or 4 years into his pro career. Oregon has a good program, but we're not seeing everything Stewart is able to do there. If he went to one of the elite programs that were scouting him he possibly couuld have had a better college career up to this point and in the next 1 or 2 years.

SouthernPride396
01-02-2007, 02:03 PM
c'mon. Darren McFadden is the only back besides Herschel Walker to have 1,000 yard seasons as both a freshman and a sophmore, and he splits time with another great back. McFadden didn't just pop up this year.

I have to admit I've only seen 2 games with Stewart though.

Paranoidmoonduck
01-02-2007, 06:29 PM
c'mon. Darren McFadden is the only back besides Herschel Walker to have 1,000 yard seasons as both a freshman and a sophmore, and he splits time with another great back. McFadden didn't just pop up this year.

Um, Peterson had 1,000 yard seasons his first two years as well.

Zim3031
01-02-2007, 06:37 PM
Slaton isn't all that great of a pro prospect to me. He's fast, very very fast, but he is not much of an inside runner and he is AWFUL at breaking tackles. That WVU system inflates his stats a bit.

Darren McFadden reminds me so much of Eric Dickerson it's scary. I think he'll undoubtedly be the best pro.

elway777
01-02-2007, 06:48 PM
I Jonathon Stewart wasnt in a spread offense he would be regarded as the best back. :?

NYmoney
01-08-2007, 02:44 PM
too bad for ian johnson they haven't played against enough competition to make his case...McFadden because of his vision and agility

nyjetsfan15
01-08-2007, 03:32 PM
slaton is having a little fumble troubles

tiki 8)

juice7890
01-09-2007, 12:59 PM
You would have to give it to Darren McFadden

PackerFan20
01-23-2007, 05:40 PM
Ray Rice all the way!

paparoach614
01-23-2007, 06:03 PM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?

I like Stewart. Charles worries me a little bit. He is a track star, and he can fly, but I have seen him fumble a few times.

I thought Ray Rice was the product of a lot of running room, and he does not have a lot of breakaway speed, but I could be wrong. I think people said the same thing about Emmitt Smith, and he was a smallish guy as well...

Klecko HOF
01-24-2007, 11:44 AM
D-Mac gets injured waaaay too easily, and Slaton is having a little fumble troubles. I gotta go with Ian Johnson here. On the Boise State Bandwagon :D.

Eh, cause the only serious injury he has gotten was from kicking a curb barefoot? Besides that there's only really the sprained ankle he had from Florida.

Slaton fumbled because he hurt his wrist which he recently had surgery on. I would have to say McFadden. He his beast.

Michigan
01-24-2007, 09:59 PM
here's a sympathy vote to Felix Jones...

Beans
01-24-2007, 10:13 PM
Ray Rice

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draftguru151
01-24-2007, 10:40 PM
McFadden and Slaton are on a completely different level than Rice and Johnson.

josh07039
01-24-2007, 10:49 PM
need more options. Wheres jonathan stewart, jamaal charles, and james davis?

I like Stewart. Charles worries me a little bit. He is a track star, and he can fly, but I have seen him fumble a few times.

I thought Ray Rice was the product of a lot of running room, and he does not have a lot of breakaway speed, but I could be wrong. I think people said the same thing about Emmitt Smith, and he was a smallish guy as well...he did have running room but also has alot of breakaway speed, After Mcfadden, I like Rice the best, he is fast and runs with power. Height is overrated as Maurice Drew demonstrated this year.

locseti
01-25-2007, 12:21 AM
Stewart
McFadden
Slaton
Rice

etk
01-25-2007, 12:20 PM
Javarris James will be more successful than any of them, but I guess that would be a different poll between him, Beanie Wells and PJ Hill. Hmm....ideas??

Cavalier17
01-25-2007, 02:56 PM
Ray Rice has a nice combo of speed and size. Reminds me a bit of LJ. I think he will be a nice addition to any NFL team.

schmiddog
01-26-2007, 02:25 AM
McFadden is in a league of his own. He would be drafted ahead of Peterson if he were available this year. His size and speed combo is mind boggling almost

nyjetsguy27
01-28-2007, 11:15 AM
darren mcfreak

RaiderNation
01-28-2007, 01:21 PM
whats ian johnsons 40 time?

Philliez01
01-28-2007, 01:34 PM
Ray Rice has a nice combo of speed and size. Reminds me a bit of LJ. I think he will be a nice addition to any NFL team.

I have to disagree with that, I love Rutgers but Rice doesn't have a great combo of speed and size at all. He's rather short and isn't that fast (at least timed). Now I feel the 40 can be overrated for certain positions at times but Rice hits the hole hard and with authority. He has a great level of stamina and improves as the game wears on. However, I think he isn't as talented as McFadden, Davis, Stewart and Slaton. He's sort of like Mike Hart, he's not great timed but he's got a good level of skills that will translate into average success at the next level. Rice can be good though.

Gribble
01-28-2007, 01:40 PM
Stewart is scary.

sodar21
01-28-2007, 03:05 PM
c'mon. Darren McFadden is the only back besides Herschel Walker to have 1,000 yard seasons as both a freshman and a sophmore, and he splits time with another great back. McFadden didn't just pop up this year.

Um, Peterson had 1,000 yard seasons his first two years as well.
So did Tyrell Sutton.

myinnerself
02-13-2007, 10:32 AM
darren mcfadden is by far the best sophmore back im a big fan of slaton but mcfadden is the real deal and most likely will win heisman next year pending colt brennen.......i also believe ian johnson and ray rice arent close to slaton or mcfadden ian johnsoon is overrated

myinnerself
02-13-2007, 10:35 AM
c'mon. Darren McFadden is the only back besides Herschel Walker to have 1,000 yard seasons as both a freshman and a sophmore, and he splits time with another great back. McFadden didn't just pop up this year.

Um, Peterson had 1,000 yard seasons his first two years as well.
So did Tyrell Sutton.

u guys are ******** so did steve slaton and ray rice

Jughead10
02-13-2007, 10:42 AM
Out of these 4 there are a lot of concerns all around in my opinion with these guys as NFL backs. That being said I think Rice is the most NFL ready, but he may never be a feature back. Johnson doesn't impress me much, Boise is just a nice story. Slaton still has to do a lot more to prove to me he is nothing more than a system back. And McFadden again with the system, but he is also runs way too straight up for my taste. McFadden definately has the most potential of them though.

Jughead10
02-13-2007, 10:44 AM
Ray Rice has a nice combo of speed and size. Reminds me a bit of LJ. I think he will be a nice addition to any NFL team.

I have to disagree with that, I love Rutgers but Rice doesn't have a great combo of speed and size at all. He's rather short and isn't that fast (at least timed). Now I feel the 40 can be overrated for certain positions at times but Rice hits the hole hard and with authority. He has a great level of stamina and improves as the game wears on. However, I think he isn't as talented as McFadden, Davis, Stewart and Slaton. He's sort of like Mike Hart, he's not great timed but he's got a good level of skills that will translate into average success at the next level. Rice can be good though.

Ray Rice = Priest Holmes. Just needs to put on a bit more weight which I think he already did this season. I'm curious to what he is listed at this upcoming year because I don't think he played at the weight he was listed at last year.