Last season I predicted well before the draft that Doug Martin would have a better pro career than Trent Richardson, hoping we could draft him with our second pick in the 1st round. Obviously it's too early to tell, though he does look like a top 5 RB for years to come. Teams also started to see that once the draft got close given that he was rated as a 2nd to 3rd round talent and was drafted in the 1st round.
This year brings a lot of depth in the position without that true elite back (Lattimore would've probably been this years Richardson). If we get past the fact that there is no apparent super star in this year draft at RB, we can definitely start to appreciate the amount of quality backs this draft has to offer. IMO, we either take Bernard with our 1st pick, or we wait till our third pick in the 2nd round to take a back. That is where I see a lot of value. Lately I've been enamored (talent wise) with Jonathan Franklin, running back out of UCLA. This is a guy who is not rated that high now (at around 6th in many sites) such as Martin was at around this time last year, but who is going to rise in most teams boards when they get to look at him at the combine and his pro day. I know you might think that he'd be a total reach with our 3rd pick but if you look at his tape, he has the making of a true NFL back.
JONATHAN FRANKLIN, RB #23, UCLA