12. D’Andre Swift RB, Georgia
I really struggled on who to put at 12 and who to put at 13 on this list because both are very good running backs with a lot of potential.
Again, the golden rule is don’t take a running back in the first but if you do they need to check off boxes like Swift and Dobbins do. Those boxes are 3rd down ability (check), toughness between the tackles (check), contact balance (check), and productivity when given the ball.
Swift never had a season where he averaged less than 6 yards per carry and that is on a team with Jake Fromm which means that you could load up the box and not fear a QB run or him making a good pass.
I have questions about why the Bulldogs didn’t use him more given how often he was the most impressive part of their offense, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. If that coaching staff felt like they should put Swift in the NFL with only 440 carries over three years then I am all for it.
With less wear and tear, more exciting plays and equal third-down capabilities, Swift narrowly edges out Dobbins and Taylor to grade as the best running back for the Titans, however (and I can’t stress this enough) please don’t take a running back in round 1.