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Old 04-26-2017, 07:41 AM
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Default Mixon, Fournette rank among worst fumblers in draft

For those of you who are so high on Joe Mixon and Leonard Fournette as possible picks in the draft, here's a breakdown of the best, and worst fumblers among runningbacks in the 2017 draft:

2017 NFL Draft: Which running backs raise red flags as potential fumblers?

Fumbles for a running back can be as troubling as interceptions for a QB

Vision. Balance. Burst. These are the main traits scouts look for in running backs. But ball security also is crucial for the NFL transition. A high fumble rate for a running backs is worrisome the same way a high interception total is for a quarterbacks because they are expected to touch the ball at least 20-25 times a game.

The average fumble rate for the top-10 rushers in the NFL last season was 108.5, or once for every 108.5 offensive touches.

Two running backs projected in the first round of our most recent mock drafts, Florida State's Dalvin Cook (63.8) and LSU's Leonard Fournette (82.1), posted less-than-ideal career fumble rates. Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, who colleague Rob Rang projects as a first-rounder, has one of the best rates (243.7).

Chicago Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard posted one of the better collegiate fumble rates (111.8) in the 2016 draft class. And that translated for him as a first-year player, fumbling only once over 281 offensive touches.

In the 2015 NFL Draft class, Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had one of the highest fumble rates in recent memory (35.4). And so far as a pro, ball security has been an issue for him with four fumbles over 191 offensive touches for a 47.8 fumble rate.

Below are the career offensive fumble rates for the top running back prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft class, broken down into five categories:

Elite (150 or better)
Above Average (125-149)
Average (100-124)
Below Average (75-99)
Red Flag (Worse than 75)
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:59 AM
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lots of big names on the 'red flag' list.
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1. Reuben Foster (get a top 5 player without a top 5 pick. Foster will be an absolute monster in the pros). Never enough LBs in the NFL and guys like#51 dont belong in the starting lineup.
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3. Brad Kaaya (time to look forward to a new era at QB)
4. Joe Mixon RB (talented back who'll drop for off field altercation 2 years ago).
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:06 AM
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Non-Issue Fournette is a physical Runner, it's expected he'll drop the ball now and then. I'm impressed with McCaffrey efficient numbers.
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You really ought to have included Dalvin Cook in your title. He'll go before Mixon, maybe even before Fournette --- and his fumble rate is worse than both of them.
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Assuming they don't have tiny hands, ball security can be coached.
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Assuming they don't have tiny hands, ball security can be coached.
Like Ryan Mathews?
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Like Melvin Gordon
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Like Ryan Mathews?

Ouch........
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Like Melvin Gordon

Ouch squared.......
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What was Gordon's fumble rate at Wisconsin?

Anyone???......

Bueller???.....
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