First off, I think one of the most underrated and sleeper running backs in the game is the Seahawks Thomas Rawls. At 5’9” 215lbs Rawls’ best assets are his speed and his shiftiness, although he will run defenders over and break tackles. Not as physically imposing as a Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson, Rawls has big legs that allow him to be just as powerful. A good comparison to Rawls would be Maurice Jones-Drew. Also, with the departure of Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, Rawls could be the next standout running back and fill out the rushing game. You can wait until maybe the 5th round to take him, but at the earliest snag him in the 4th to make sure he’s secure.
Second, the other RB that’s a mid to late round sleeper is Derrick Henry of the Titans. Yes he will be splitting time with Demarco Murray, but I still truly believe Henry will be able to rack up points, and here’s why:
- He’s a big goal line back, meaning he’ll score touchdowns
- He’ll catch passes out of the backfield for yardage
- Eventually we could see him transition to more touches in early downs
All in all, drafting sleepers comes with patience, and weighing in every draft pick in the late round of the draft