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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Running Backs

Doak Walker Award winner Kenneth Walker III leads the pack of 2022 draft-eligible running backs for PFF right now. He nearly broke the PFF record for forced missed tackles and yards after contact in 2021. Iowa State's Breece Hall and UCLA's Zach Charbonnet enter the early offseason at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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1. Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

BIG BOARD RANK: 53

RB1 checking in. Walker went from relative unknown to the best back in the country. He led all of college football with 89 broken tackles this past season, including 20 against Miami alone.

2. Breece Hall, Iowa State

BIG BOARD RANK: 62

Iowa State may have taken a step backward, but Hall was as strong as ever in 2021. In fact, he raised his total to 74 broken tackles this season from 63 last year — on 29 fewer carries. He’s got an all-around skill set and NFL size at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds.

3. Zach Charbonnett, UCLA

BIG BOARD RANK: 76

The UCLA product is RB2 on the PFF draft board and was also a transfer this past season. He was given just 19 carries in 2020 at Michigan but broke out with 1,153 yards and 15 scores this year at UCLA, earning the second-best rushing grade in the country (91.9).

4. Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

BIG BOARD RANK: 86

Spiller is a power back but has the feet to make defenders miss, as well. He can also be a factor as a receiver, with no drops on 25 catchable targets in 2021.

5. Kyren Williams, Notre Dame

BIG BOARD RANK: 90

Williams finished 2021 like a house on fire. He racked up 14 touchdowns over his final eight games and finished with 58 broken tackles on 204 carries. He’s one of the best pass-protectors in the draft class, too, despite checking in just around 200 pounds.

6. Zonovan Knight, NC State

BIG BOARD RANK: 91

The N.C. State product went for 751 rushing yards on 139 attempts in 2021, forcing 47 missed tackles along the way. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound back also averaged a healthy 8.5 yards after the catch per reception across 21 catches.

7. Dameon Pierce, Florida

BIG BOARD RANK: 94

Pierce earned the single-highest rushing grade in the country for the Gators in 2021 but somehow was given only 87 carries over the season. On those, he somehow broke 39 tackles. He’s an elite athlete for the position with NFL size at 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds.

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