Top Georgia Running Backs in the NFL: Nick Chubb leads the way

The list of Georgia running backs in the NFL is soon to grow with the additions of James Cook and Zamir White.

The Georgia Bulldogs are no strangers to placing players in the NFL. While their defense has been the most dominant unit in college football in 2021, they’ve had a bevy of success in recent years at one specific offensive position. As two more are likely to join the fold via the 2022 NFL Draft, here are the top Georgia running backs currently in the NFL.

Top Georgia running backs in the NFL

With their success this season, the Georgia Bulldogs will likely add two more running backs into this mix for 2022. Zamir White and James Cook are both likely to be drafted anywhere from Round 2-6. Before they enter the NFL, let’s take a look at the current Georgia running backs in the league.

3. Sony Michel, Los Angeles Rams

Quietly, Sony Michel has had a great season for the Los Angeles Rams. After being shipped out to LA ahead of the season, Michel played sparingly over the first half of the year. He has since come on strong for the Rams, totaling 397 rushing yards over his past five games. He’s also scored 3 of his 4 touchdowns over the backstretch of the year.

Michel has failed to reach the rookie potential he showcased in New England. His rookie campaign saw him rush for 12 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards. With the shelf life on an NFL running back ever-shrinking, Michel’s best days may be past him. Still, utilizing his first-round talents alongside a now-healthy Cam Akers could pay dividends for Sean McVay and Co.

2. D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

D’Andre Swift has played through some adversity in his young NFL career. He was injured this past season and only played in 13 games. Yet, Swift still set a new career-high in rushing yards and showcased what made him so special at Georgia. A big-play threat, Swift will also seek out whatever yardage the defense gives him on every carry.

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If he maintains good health, there’s no reason Swift can’t become one of the top backs in the NFL. With a healthy average of nearly 4.5 yards per carry through his first two seasons, he’s more than got what it takes.

1. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

The leader of the pack, Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in the league. Part of the top running back duo in the league alongside Kareem Hunt, Chubb has paced the Cleveland Browns’ rushing game since he joined the NFL in 2018. He’s had three straight seasons with at least 1,200 rushing yards. Chubb crossed 5,000 career rushing yards in Week 18 with the Browns.

He’s a bruiser with deceptive moves and elusiveness to his game. Chubb looks for contact at times but can also make any defender miss in space. He’s also chipped in by averaging over 200 receiving yards per season, and he has 4 receiving touchdowns to his credit. Chubb is by far the best Georgia running back in the game and one of the top RBs in the league.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. He is also the co-host of Between the Hashes, a college football and NFL draft podcast. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter @CamMellor


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