Here are the rankings:
|2||David Wilson||Virginia Tech||5095||206|
|3||Doug Martin||Boise St.||5081||211|
|8||Cyrus Gray||Texas A&M||5102||206|
|10||Robert Turbin||Utah St.||5095||222|
There are a couple of guys that I think are being overrated by the analysts I've heard. First off, Chris Polk, who's in most people's top five, might be steady, but he doesn't possess any qualities or show anything that made me think he will be an above-average NFL back. He's not a quick-twitch athlete with burst.
Next, Lamar Miller has great burst, lateral movement, and from all I've heard, he's a good citizen, whose coaches and teammates love. However, Miller's shoulder problems worry me. I don't care how fast you are, there will always be a time in the NFL when you have to drop the shoulder and truck someone. Even after the shoulder surgeries, we're still really not sure he can do that. In addition, I don't see him breaking many tackles. That is an absolute must in the league.
However, it's everything he's been through that makes you want the guy to succeed. He was raised in a single parent home (his father), because his mother was simply never around. His brother has been in-and-out of jail for most of his life. He has two sisters - one died when she was only 21 and the other has been paralyzed since birth. Because of injuries, he has lost two full seasons while in college. Through it all, his coaches couldn't be more complimentary, and there's no way you can question his drive, will, and character. If I had a late round pick and was simply looking for a good football player who I wouldn't have to worry about off-the-field, Turbin would be at the top of the list.