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Breakfast: Sleepers at running back


The second version of the Harris 100 has been posted for a few weeks.

But, 100 players only gets you into the top of the fourth round, so I figured there were plenty of worthy prospects outside the Harris 100. They might not be as well known, obviously, but for NFL teams, they're vital to a teams success.




I don't have to remind you of pick number 199 in the 2000 NFL Draft. That was some guy named Tom Brady. Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis was the 196th pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Here in Houston, the Texans added Keith Mumphery and Christian Covington beyond the top 100 picks in 2015 and both saw plenty of playing time as rookies.

With that backdrop, here are a few intriguing running backs to keep an eye on outside the Harris 100.

Peyton Barber, Auburn
-- Barber declared a year earlier than most expected, but family hardship forced the decision on him. I love his running style and he could thrive as a complementary back as a rookie.

Keith Marshall, Georgia
-- Marshall was a forgotten man in Athens as an ACL tear took him off the field as a sophomore, then Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel kept Marshall off the field late in his career. But, when he ran 4.3 at the Combine, heads turned.

DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech
---Washington is everything I want in a football player, even though he's lucky if he's 5-8. Tough, quick and versatile, I'd love to see the former greater Houston star get a shot with the Texans.

Check out photos of the top 100 players of this year's draft class according to Texans analyst John Harris.

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