Who are the Top CFB RBs?
The 2021 CFB class is decorated with talented players across all positions. One of the positions that stands out in CFB currently more than in recent years, is none other than the running back spot. There were two RBs selected in the first round of this year’s draft, but the 2022 NFL draft could feature three-four halfbacks with their names called on Day 1.
A few of these players could push for the Heisman and oust historical seasons in 2021. With the college season steadily approaching, I’m going to outline the top RB talents headed into next season.
- Tank Bigsby
Tank Bigsby, the sophomore RB for Auburn, who accumulated 834 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs in 2020 has his sights set on a 2k rushing yard season in 2021. Bigsby earned SEC rookie of the year and he will aim to be one of the top all around players in the SEC next year. Pro Football Focus has Bigsby as the #1 returning back. Bigsby is one of the most explosive downhill RBs to compete at the collegiate level in the past few seasons.
- Deuce Vaughn Jr.
Deuce Vaughn may be the closest player to former all purpose RB Darren Sproles in all of existence. The 5’5 RB for Kansas State was one of two players to score above a 85 grade in rushing and receiving last season (Michael Carter being the other). Vaughn notched 434 yards receiving and 17.4 YPC, while muscling out 642 yards on the ground.
- Kennedy Brooks
The third year RB for Oklahoma sat out the 2020 season, but he’s fresh and ready to prove he’s an elite RB back in the 2021 season. Kennedy Brooks, the former second team All Big Ten honoree, is a horse at 5’11 220. He can be a very effective early down back at the next level.
- Breece Hall
The 6’1 215 sophomore RB for Iowa State is Top 5, Top 3, and even number one atop many RB rankings. Hall ran wild for 21 touchdowns last year, while compiling 1,572 yards on the ground. His pure RB is near the top of the nation. The Junior will be a Heisman candidate this upcoming season and he could likely sneak in the first round of the draft next offseason.
- Isaiah Spiller
Isaiah Spiller isn’t related to CJ Spiller, but he’s another Spiller that is a Top 5 RB in the country. He’s the son of a former Texas TE which does speak of the athletic gifts in his family. The 19 year old was on the all SEC team, which goes to show his freak talent AND potential. Spiller has roughly 2,000 yards combined in the last two years, but he should be close to that mark in one full season this year. Alike Hall, his pure RB talent is undeniable and he is surely going to be a regular 1k yard back in the pros.
Brian Robinson Jr.