2024 Dynasty Rookie RB Rankings: Where Do Trey Benson, Blake Corum, and Bucky Irving Land?

In a year without a consensus top running back prospect, how do the dynasty rookie RB rankings shake out entering the 2024 NFL Combine?

The NFL Combine didn’t exactly help determine a definitive top running back prospect approaching the 2024 NFL Draft, which makes this one of the most unique position groups in recent memory for upcoming dynasty rookie drafts.

Consensus Superflex dynasty rankings are loaded with wide receivers, quarterbacks, and Brock Bowers in the first round, which means these rankings could change drastically when landing spots are determined for these prospects later next month.

Here is a closer look at my current dynasty rookie RB rankings as we continue to closer to the 2024 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Rookie Running Back Rankings 2024

1) Trey Benson, Florida State

Florida State’s Trey Benson confirmed his top-end speed at the NFL Combine with an impressive 4.38 40-yard dash at 5’10” 210 pounds, which puts him in the conversation for the best home-run hitter at the position in this year’s class.

Despite suffering a devastating knee injury back in 2020, Benson clocked in at 22 miles per hour during an 85-yard house call against Virginia Tech, which suggests his knee isn’t limiting his top-end speed now a couple years removed from the injury.

Benson has a strong and compact build that is combined with a skill set that projects him as a potential three-down back at the next level. Although most wouldn’t consider his receiving capabilities as elite by any stretch, his capabilities as a pass catcher shouldn’t prohibit him from seeing work in that capacity in the NFL.

2) Blake Corum, Michigan

The word “workhorse” comes to mind when you watch Michigan’s Blake Corum operate as a leading ball carrier. The Wolverines leaned heavily on Corum on their way to a national championship in his final collegiate season, leading the nation with 27 rushing TDs to pair with 1,245 rushing yards on 258 carries.

Corum’s torn meniscus back in November 2022 could have played a factor regarding his drop in explosive runs in 2023, but the tape from his junior year certainly has plenty of reps showcasing some home-run hitting ability.

His patience, vision, contact balance, and exceptional play leverage all project favorably as an effective early-down back in the NFL. Questions surrounding Corum’s projected impact in the passing game prevent him from claiming the top spot on this list.

3) MarShawn Lloyd, USC

If you watch MarShawn Lloyd‘s highlight-reel runs from his time at USC and South Carolina during his college career, it’s really hard not to fall in love with him as a prospect.

Lloyd’s lateral agility and acceleration are exceptional, which help make him one of the most elusive backs in this class. When you combine Lloyd’s flashes of elite playmaking ability with his potential upside as a pass catcher at the next level, you can make an argument he has one of the highest fantasy ceilings of the entire position group for this class.

The concerns, however, are certainly present. Lloyd suffered a torn ACL back in 2020 and has a tendency to get a bit greedy by unnecessarily bouncing runs outside, and some poor pass-protection reps suggest he’s a volatile player with a wide range of outcomes.

The talent is present, but Lloyd does present some risk if you aim to move him up on this list.

4) Jaylen Wright, Tennessee

Tennessee’s Jaylen Wright put on a show at the Combine with a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash and one of the best broad jumps we’ve ever seen from a running back, which all but confirmed the elite top speed and explosiveness we saw from him in college.

What is more encouraging about Wright’s profile is his ability to combine speed with plenty of contact balance, which ranked amongst the best in the country with 4.35 yards after contact per attempt.

Wright has some special playmaking traits that could give any offensive unit he joins an instant weapon out of the backfield in a complementary role early, one that could develop into a three-down contributor with improved ball security and consistency on his reads with inside rushing concepts.

5) Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

Are you disappointed Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen chose not to a run a 40-yard dash at both the Combine and his pro day? I can’t speak for you, but I’m certainly raising an eyebrow at the decision.

Standing 6’1” and tipping the scales at 235 pounds, Allen’s physical profile projects to an early-down ball carrier who can physically impose his will on opposing defenses.

In a similar ilk to a player like Baltimore Ravens RB Derrick Henry, there are some limitations to his hip fluidity, lateral quickness, and passing-game contributions, which prevent him from being an elite fantasy prospect.

However, Allen’s physical presence and effectiveness as a powerful ball carrier, combined with some long speed when reaching the second level with a head of steam, is enough for a team to utilize him in a fantasy-relevant role. Additionally, Allen is young enough to develop other aspects of his game that give him one of the higher fantasy ceilings in this class, but his lack of testing numbers make him an even tougher projection approaching the draft.

6) Bucky Irving, Oregon

If the Combine managed to definitely hurt one running back prospect, the argument could be made that it was Oregon’s Bucky Irving. His 4.55 time in the 40-yard dash combined with the disappointing numbers in the broad and vertical jumps didn’t do any him any favors with regard to his draft stock for an undersized back.

He still enters the league as an instant contributor in the passing game — he led the nation at the RB position with 56 receptions in 2023 — who showcased some big-play upside in college.

A great counterpoint to the size argument is Irving’s consistent ability to fight through contact and his elusiveness at the point of attack. His elite pass-catching ability combined with his surprising play strength as a runner gives him the recipe for a PPR floor, but the questions about his lack of size and lack of explosive athletic traits remain.

7) Jonathon Brooks, Texas

University of Texas product Jonathon Brooks didn’t get a chance to showcase his athletic traits at the Combine, but he still managed to emerge as a potential feature back in his lone season as the starter after both Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson and Chicago Bears RB Roschon Johnson made their way to the NFL in 2023.

Unfortunately, Brooks’ final collegiate season ended with a catastrophic torn ACL against TCU, which puts the status for the start of his rookie year in serious jeopardy.

Brooks flashed plenty of playmaking ability during his one season with significant work, but potentially losing a year’s worth of production with a serious knee injury pushes his dynasty value slightly down the board.

8) Ray Davis, Kentucky

One can make an argument that Kentucky’s Ray Davis is way too low on this list because his tape really stands out to me.

His physical running style — no exaggeration, this man wakes up and chooses violence every time he puts the pads on — combined with his noteworthy contributions as a pass catcher in college, make him an RB prospect who could contribute to an NFL backfield very quickly as a Day 3 prospect.

9) Tyrone Tracy Jr., Purdue

The more I watch the Tyrone Tracy Jr. play, the more I believe this young man can make an impact as a running back on an NFL roster. He is a converted receiver who flashes exceptional lateral quickness and sudden change-of-direction ability — which was evident by his top-shelf performances in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the Combine — on a compact 209-pound frame. His 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly too shabby, either.

Tracy’s transition to running back was successful but isn’t exactly complete yet with some questionable reads, which lead to some moments where he leaves some yards on the field by trying to do a bit too much at times. However, if he can clean up some of his vision inconsistencies by simply getting more reps at the position, then Tracy has an exciting ceiling as a potential three-down contributor for an NFL backfield.

10) Isaac Guerendo, Louisville

Speaking of converted wide receivers who are still learning the running back position, Louisville’s Isaac Guerendo was by far the biggest winner of the entire running back position at the NFL Combine. His 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash was definitely faster than I expected, and his 41.5” vertical jump speaks to his explosive athletic traits we saw with his big playmaking ability as a ball carrier at both Louisville and Wisconsin.

Similar to Tracy, he isn’t a finished product quite yet with regard to reads and consistently pressing the hole effectively in gap concepts, but his ceiling in a zone-based scheme with his top-end speed and pass-catching ability make him an intriguing dart throw in dynasty drafts.

2024 Dynasty Rookie RB Rankings | 11-20

11) Will Shipley | Clemson
12) Dylan Laube | New Hampshire
13) Audric Estime | Notre Dame
14) Dillon Johnson | Washington
15) Isaiah Davis | South Dakota State
16) Frank Gore Jr. | Southern Miss
17) Kendall Milton | Georgia
18) Cody Schrader | Missouri
19) Jase McClellan | Alabama
20) Miyan Williams | Ohio State

With the fantasy football season behind us, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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