Nov 15, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs against Auburn Tigers defensive back Jermaine Whitehead (35) and others in the third quarter of their game at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
During free agency the Baltimore Ravens managed to resign their top back from last season, Justin Forsett, to a three-year $9 million deal. Forsett revitalized the Ravens’ running game last season as he rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry while scoring eight touchdowns as the replacement for former Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice. Although Forsett had a great season, however, he is yet to show he can consistently play at that level.
Behind Forsett on the depth chart is third year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro from Coastal Carolina University. Taliaferro was involved in 13 games last season and racked up 292 rushing yards, averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns. Taliaferro is a big bodied back who performed well when he saw a lot of carries. The question is, has he got what it takes to become a lead back, or is he the right compliment for Forsett?
The Ravens finished the 2014 season eighth in rushing offense and fifth in rushing touchdowns scored. The Ravens also have third year backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Tauren Poole on the roster but they will consider taking a running back in this years draft. The position has a lot of depth this year and it looks like the Ravens can get a quality back in most rounds if they choose to do so.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the top five running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft and how they might fit with the Ravens.
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