These rankings are assembled by combining my own subjective personal grade of each players on field talent, as seen on tape and in Combine 1-on-1, with a percentage grade of how high or below average their testing scores were based on position. The players are then ranked from highest to lowest.
Top 10 RBs in the 2017 Class
1. Anthony Gosselin, Sherbrooke:
An absolute beast at fullback. Vicious blocker and bull strong. Will have a long career as a special teams demon and offensive lead blocker
2. Johnny Augustine, Guelph:
A physical runner with a great jump cut. Can run routes as good as most receivers in this draft. Settled any concern about his pass pro skills with some vicious blocking at the Combine. I believe he is a legitimate starter down the road, similar to a Kienan LaFrance.
3. Antre Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser:
A great multi tool back. Good enough blocker to play fullback but quick enough to play running back. Best attribute may be his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, a la Anthony Coombs.
4. Sean Thomas-Erlington, Montreal:
Speedy back who plays his best football under pressure. Was pleasantly surprised with his strength and blocking skills at the Combine. Projects as a solid depth piece and special teamer
5. Isaac Lauzon, Sherbrooke:
Very solid USports back in a run heavy conference. Tested well across the board. Will contribute on special teams as a blocker and cover man.
6. Jonah Pataki, Queen’s:
Consistently one of USports’ top rusher throughout his career. Wowed with impressive explosion in the jump tests. Had some awful drops in 1-on-1s.
7. Chivasiay Gallagher, Eastern New Mexico:
My favourite player who won’t get drafted. Weighs in at 5’5” and 179lbs. Started 2 games at running back and had over 500 all purpose yards and 3 TDs last year, plus 8 special teams tackles. He plays huge. His highlight tape is blow-up blocks and explosive tackles. Just works and never quits on a play.
8. Ed Ilnicki, Alberta:
Inconsistent rusher who, when on, could dominate a USports game. Tested below average but I saw potential in the games I saw. Unlikely to get drafted.
9. Alex Christie, Manitoba:
Decent runner who excels on special teams. Did a lot of different things at Manitoba. A utility player who could provide depth.
10. Cameron Fox, Manitoba:
A more physical Alex Christie. Good special teams cover man but slow.