Best 2022 Pre-NFL Draft Landing Spots: RB Edition

by Jon Witt
Best 2022 Pre-NFL Draft Landing Spots: RB Edition

As the draft draws near,  it is never too early to get a jump on the incoming rookies. We are going to have some fun here by diving into some of the Best 2022 Pre-NFL Draft Running Back Landing Spots.

Often times the key to a rookie producing in year one has as much to do as which team drafts him as it does how talented he is. A good system fit goes a long way in helping your player adapt to the NFL.

Below are some ideal landing sports for some of the top running backs featured in the 2022 NFL Draft. These teams provide the rookie with the best opportunity to produce in year one.

These landing spots were determined within the range of which a player may fall. For example, Breece Hall would be amazing on the Bucs, but with them recently signing Fournette to a three-year deal, it is not realistic that they select Hall in the first round.

Keep in mind this is by no means a mock draft, rookie rankings, or even a prediction of where they will land. It is simply an evaluation of the "best possible" landing spots for them.

Best 2022 Pre-NFL Draft Landing Spots: RB Edition

Breece Hall - Houston Texans

Landing on the Texans is not a flashy spot for Hall, but it is a spot that will yield immediate bell-cow carries. The Texans are dismal at the position, allowing Hall to step in on day one and arguably be their top offensive weapon. Hall proved at the combine that he should be the top back taken putting his 4.39 speed on full display.

He torched the competition his last season at Iowa State, rushing for over 1400 yards while finding paydirt 20 times. He is also a threat out of the backfield, catching 36 balls in his final collegiate season. Hall has all the makings of a three-down back. He may not go in the first round but he should go high in the first round of all rookie drafts, even in consideration at 1.1.

Kenneth Walker - Buffalo Bills

Similar to Hall above, Walker put on a show at the combine, distancing himself from the rest of the pack at RB.  Walker was actually just a tad faster than Hall clocking in at 4.38 on the 40-yard dash. On paper, landing in Buffalo may look like a bad spot. Devin Singletary did look really good down the stretch and the Bills signed Duke Johnson this off-season.

However, Johnson has no roster guarantees and Walker would be an upgrade over Singletary. With defenses keying in on Josh Allen, a running back with Walker's skill set could go to work and feast on opposing defenses. Walker is an aggressive, explosive runner. He is not afraid to lower his shoulder and break a tackle but he also has flashed the ability to plant a foot in the ground and make a defender miss.

The separation between Hall and Walker is razor-thin and expect both to be day one fantasy contributors for owners.

Rachaad White - Arizona Cardinals

After Walker and Hall, the RB class gets a bit muddled and becomes more about personal taste than anything else.  A relative unknown, White has risen up the charts more than any other back in the class. He rushed for 1,006 yards, caught 43 balls for 456 yards, and totaled 16 touchdowns, in his senior season.

He could make a very successful third down, change of pace back at the next level. An ideal fit would be in Arizona, next to James Conner, and he the replacement for the recently departed Chase Edmonds.

Isaiah Spiller - Seattle Seahawks

If it was not for a poor performance at the combine, Spiller would be much higher on a lot of lists. He opted to not run the 40, and he tested poorly in the broad jump and vertical jump.  Despite his efforts at the combine, someone will still take a chance on Spiller based on his collegiate career.

He averaged 103 yards a game as a freshman at Texas A&M and is the youngest back in this class. Spiller has great instincts for a running back and is a true powerhouse back. He does have some decent speed, but he is more of a run you over type of running back.

Seattle has issues at running back with the health of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny only signed a one-year deal. Bringing Spiller in with some fresh legs and as the future RB1 in Seattle would benefit both the Seahawks and fantasy owners alike. Spiller may be more of a draft and stash for owners.

Other RBs to keep an eye on

These guys would be more a draft stash similar to Spiller. They most likely will not produce in year one, barring an injury, but they do have dynasty appeal.

Check out the ideal WR landing spots as well as our latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft!

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