2022 NFL RB Mock Draft: Will any running back be drafted in Round 1?

The 2022 NFL RB Mock Draft is at hand, and we're finding landing spots for 24 running backs. Where did your favorite RB land?

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Another day, another position-specific preview — today, we look at a 2022 NFL RB Mock Draft. Which running backs are likely to hear their names called at the NFL Draft? Where are they likely to land? And will any of them land in Round 1?

2022 NFL RB Mock Draft: Days 1-2

The thought of a first-round running back isn’t quite as glamorous as it once was. Running backs in today’s NFL are devalued unless you can bring a “generational talent” to the fold. However, as those recent players slapped with that moniker have fizzled out (sure, some due to injury), it’s shown how frivolous it is to spend a ton of draft capital at the running back position.

Still, some of the top running backs in the 2022 NFL Draft may hear their names in the first round. Though unlikely, we ran the free PFN Mock Draft Simulator with trades to see where the most recent landing spots are for all the RBs in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick 30 | Kansas City Chiefs: Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

A running back does indeed sneak into Round 1. The Kansas City Chiefs made amends to their depleted wide receiving corps with free agent signings but go with Kenneth Walker III with the 30th overall pick. It’s important to note that they selected Treylon Burks at pick No. 29 in this simulation.

Walker, however, is certainly worthy of the first round, or at least as worthy as anyone else in this class. He set records at Wake Forest before transferring for one brilliant season at Michigan State. Walker has an underrated shiftiness in his game and brings a dual-threat ability. Patrick Mahomes would love this addition to his pass-catching arsenal.

Round 2, Pick 49 | New Orleans Saints: Breece Hall, Iowa State

The New Orleans Saints will be looking for Alvin Kamara’s eventual replacement. They get him here with Breece Hall. Perhaps the best of the Matt Campbell-coached running backs (a group that also includes Kareem Hunt and David Montgomery), Hall is a do-it-all back who could take over three-down responsibilities as soon as Year 1.

Hall has great speed and terrific elusiveness. He breaks off arm tackles and does his best work between the tackles. Yet, he’s incredibly skilled when he finds the open space around the edge. He’s well-rounded, durable, and a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

Round 2, Pick 54 | New England Patriots: Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

There’s a difference in Isaiah Spiller‘s game speed than what he put out during the offseason workout circuit. Spiller accelerates through his breaks and makes defenders miss in little space. He contributes well in the passing game, but his biggest influence will be toting the rock in the New England Patriots’ backfield.

Round 3, Pick 69 | New York Jets: Rachaad White, Arizona State

Talk about well-rounded and elusive, Rachaad White will quickly become a favorite of Zach Wilson’s. Whether it’s throwing him passes out of the backfield by design, checking it down, or simply handing it off, White’s ability to take any touch the distance will pay dividends in the New York Jets’ offense. White is incredibly elusive and builds up speed as the play and games wear on.

2022 NFL RB Mock Draft: Day 3

After seven running backs were drafted through the first three rounds, how many go in the last four? Our 2022 NFL RB Mock Draft continues with Rounds 4-7.

Round 4, Pick 74 | Atlanta Falcons: Jerome Ford, Cincinnati

Jerome Ford heads to the Atlanta Falcons with the likelihood of taking over as the bell cow. It’s an ideal landing spot for a back like Ford, who excels as the carries stack up. Eventually, he’s going to break one — when he does, not many can catch him.

Round 4, Pick 91 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Badie, Missouri

Perhaps the most underrated back in this draft class, Tyler Badie does it all. In fact, he may be better as a receiver than he is as a runner. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Leonard Fournette for at least another year (as well as Tom Brady). Giving Brady a back with Badie’s talent out of the backfield almost seems unfair.

Round 4, Pick 101 | Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Allgeier, BYU

With contact balance for days, Tyler Allgeier may be the most pro-ready right now in this draft class. The former BYU linebacker set all sorts of records with the Cougars and is ready to break into the NFL as the highest-drafted BYU RB in history. Allgeier can bounce off defenders’ arm tackles or run right by them with his head of steam.

Round 4, Pick 112 | New York Giants: James Cook, Georgia

The New York Giants welcome in the seldom-used James Cook. The younger brother of Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, James is a rare blend of speed and power. He has all the tools to succeed, including a dominant ability in the receiving game. He wasn’t utilized all that often at Georgia, but that could benefit him as he enters with less wear and tear.

Round 4, Pick 123 | Los Angeles Chargers: Tyler Goodson, Iowa

The human joystick himself, Tyler Goodson heads west to the Los Angeles Chargers. Goodson can make defenders miss in a phone booth and has the speed to get to the corner. He’s not much of a between-the-tackles runner, but his ability in the open field should shine in the right system.

Round 4, Pick 125 | Miami Dolphins: Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama

Perhaps another underrated candidate to break out in a big way, Brian Robinson Jr. took five seasons to take control of the Alabama backfield. But when he did, it was his show. Robinson heads to the Miami Dolphins, reunited with college teammate Tua Tagovailoa. He should be considered a candidate to lead all rookie running backs in rushing yards in Year 1.

Round 4, Pick 130 | Baltimore Ravens: Zonovan Knight, NC State

Living up to the nickname, Zonovan “Bam” Knight brings the pain. Whether that pain is looking up as he runs right over you or runs right by you depends on his mood. Knight can do it all and excels as a pass catcher.

Round 4, Pick 136 | Los Angeles Rams: Dameon Pierce, Florida

With a tenacious attitude, Dameon Pierce is dominant with the ball in his hands. He is also a valuable addition in the backfield as a blocker. He does it all despite lacking a pure top speed. Pierce is a great complement to Cam Akers in the Los Angeles Rams’ backfield.

Round 5, Pick 153 | Seattle Seahawks: Hassan Haskins, Michigan

Hassan Haskins heads to Seattle as the Seahawks begin their rebuild. Haskins is a bruiser, but he has enough athleticism to reach the boundary or just leap the defender in front of him. He’s not much in the passing game — the Seahawks need more than just Haskins, but it’s a start.

Round 5, Pick 163 | New York Jets: Kyren Williams, Notre Dame

Harming his draft stock at the Combine with a poor showing, Kyren Williams‘ on-field tape certainly outweighs any number he put forth at the Combine. Still, some of the pitfalls in that tape were confirmed with his slow times in Indianapolis. Yet, Williams lands as the second back the Jets take in this class. Conceivably, with Rachaad White picked in Round 2, Williams becomes the between-the-tackles complement back to their speedster.

Round 5, Pick 171 | Green Bay Packers: Abram Smith, Baylor

A former linebacker, it’s safe to say that Abram Smith knows a thing or two about big hits. He’ll pop defenders trying to tackle him with their arms while also presenting enough speed to get around defensive linemen. The Green Bay Packers grab an insurance policy and potential future starter in Smith.

Round 5, Pick 178 | Dallas Cowboys: Zamir White, Georgia

The plans to get away from the Ezekiel Elliott contract seem to be set in motion with the pick of Zamir White. A talented running back who lacks a full body of work on tape, White has tremendous upside. The Dallas Cowboys grab White to eventually take over the full-time role while giving them pass-catching upside as early as 2022.

Round 6, Pick 183 | Philadelphia Eagles: Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State

Underrated no more, Pierre Strong Jr. broke out during the offseason workout circuit. The South Dakota State running back is strong and fierce. He’s fast and explosive. He won’t let arm tackles bring him down, and he has great contact balance. Strong is a candidate for top steal of the draft if he’s available here to the Eagles.

Round 6, Pick 195 | Arizona Cardinals: Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma

At times, Kennedy Brooks took over games for Oklahoma. He has that proven ability, but at other times, he disappeared. He’ll have James Conner as his three-down back ahead of him with the Arizona Cardinals, and Brooks would prove a nice change-of-pace addition.

Round 6, Pick 198 | Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

A true pass-catching threat, don’t give Jerrion Ealy open lanes. Otherwise, he’ll make defenders look silly. Similar to some of the top pass-catching backs in this class, Ealy isn’t much between the tackles. On the other hand, he has more than enough elusiveness in the open field to become a focal point of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ passing attack.

Round 6, Pick 206 | Denver Broncos: Sincere McCormick, UTSA

It’s been tough not to notice Sincere McCormick over the past few seasons at UTSA. Integral in the Roadrunners’ run to national fame, McCormick is a do-it-all back. He excels, however, between the tackles and with a head of steam built up. He’ll add a great addition to Javonte Williams as each has a similar skill set.

Round 6, Pick 215 | Arizona Cardinals: D’Vonte Price, FIU

The Cardinals add in D’Vonte Price to their backfield haul this draft. Price is incredibly talented with the ball in his hands. Unlike most in this class, however, he offers up near-elite blocking in the backfield. Kyler Murray will quickly come to love his services.

Round 6, Pick 219 | Indianapolis Colts: Ty Chandler, North Carolina

Shifty and quick, Ty Chandler had a great season in Chapel Hill during his lone season with the Tar Heels. The former Tennessee running back has game-changing abilities but will need to consistently find ways to win matchups with bigger defenders. Playing behind Jonathan Taylor with the Indianapolis Colts should pave the way for some winnable 1-on-1s in the passing game.

Round 7, Pick 257 | Denver Broncos: Kevin Harris, South Carolina

A bruising back, Kevin Harris fears no tackler. In fact, he may shorten his NFL career because of his fearlessness. He’s got great open-field speed but lacks vision at times. In Denver, he’ll be one of many in the backfield. Still, his speed and bruising attitude could see him get plenty of carries over the course of his career.

Round 7, Pick 261 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jashaun Corbin, Florida State

A coach’s dream pick in the backfield, Jashaun Corbin will do anything to make his NFL team better. Corbin presents upside in the receiving game while excelling as a zone runner. Give him an alley and Corbin will give you a first down. Find him in the passing game, and he’ll make a linebacker miss.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.


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