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Kiper & McShay: Favorite running back prospects for 2019 NFL draft

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Harris goes over the pile for TD (0:38)

Damien Harris leaps over the top and reaches the ball over the goal line for an Alabama touchdown, extending the Crimson Tide's lead to 48-14. (0:38)

ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay run through their favorite running backs for the 2019 class and pick a sleeper back to watch.

They also pick out 2019 prospects rising up draft boards and give their picks for under-the-radar prospects to keep an eye on, the College Football Playoff and CFP MVP.


Let's talk RB prospects

Kiper: This is a unique year for running backs. Unlike the past three, in which we've had top-10 talents such as Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott, there isn't a guy like that for the 2019 class. In fact, as of now, I don't have a first-round running back on my board.

McShay: Yeah, the term I'd use for this RB class is "underwhelming," especially after the season-ending knee injury to Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson, who was getting buzz as a Round 1 guy.