Raiders Draft: 2021 Running-Back Prospect Rankings

Kenneth Gainwell #19 (Max Gersh / The Commercial Appeal)

8. Kenneth Gainwell, RS SO, Memphis

Gainwell’s 2019 film is superb. The problem? That is all we have really seen of him. His film is all over a year old now and it is mostly against AAC competition. However, the ability he displayed is undeniable, and he did not disappear against power five defenses like Ole Miss and Penn State.

Another thing he has going for him is his potential as a gadget player. Gainwell can lineup as a de facto wide receiver, and he played quarterback in high school. He could be somewhere between Lynn Bowden and Taysom Hill.

Grade: Late fourth round

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9. Kylin Hill, SR, Mississippi State

Hill is a great receiving back. He also can contribute as a change-of-pace ball carrier. He has the potential to carve out a nice niche for himself, akin to Giovanni Bernard. There are also rumors of character concerns, but nothing concrete there. The Raiders may be better up sitting this one out.

Grade: Fifth round

10. Rhamondre Stevenson, SR, Oklahoma

Stevenson is a big bowling-ball type of back. He looks really slow on tape, but has a weird nimbleness in the open field. He’s also a competent receiver out of the backfield. Stevenson is just under 6’0″ and just over 225 pounds. He will likely run his 40 right around 4.6.

The guy gives off big-time plodder vibes, but his numbers speak for themselves. In two years in Norman after transferring from JUCO, Stevenson averaged over seven yards per carry. Also, he forced missed tackles at a very high rate. Checkered past with a suspension at Oklahoma, grade issues were part of what forced him into the JUCO ranks originally. Royce Freeman seems like a fair pro comparison, but the Oklahoma product is more elusive.

Grade: Fifth round

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1 thought on “Raiders Draft: 2021 Running-Back Prospect Rankings”

  1. Just don’t waste a high draft pick on a RB. There are plenty of good RBs out there. Jaret Patterson from Buffalo should be available in the fifth, and he may be better than anybody on this list.

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