The 40-yard dash turns out to be quite important, at least in terms of draft stock. Then again, the running back class in 2014 hasn't seen Ka'Deem Carey get picked through two days and three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft because of the waning stock of running backs in general. The former Arizona back saw eight backs get drafted ahead of him on Friday night, and there could be even more to come on Saturday.
The first off the board was Washington's Bishop Sankey, who at 54 overall was the lowest draft pick who was the first running back taken in his respective class.
Here are the backs who heard their names called before Carey on Friday (Update: And Saturday).
- Bishop Sankey, Washington Huskies (54th overall, Tennessee Titans)
- Jeremy Hill, LSU Tigers (55th overall, Cincinnati Bengals)*
- Carlos Hyde, Ohio State Buckeyes (57th overall, San Francisco 49ers)*
- Charles Sims, West Virginia Mountaineers (69th overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Tre Mason, Auburn Tigers (75th overall, St. Louis Rams)
- Terrance West, Towson Tigers (94th overall, Cleveland Browns)
- Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern (96th overall, Minnesota Vikings)
- Dri Archer, Kent State (97th overall, Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Devonta Freeman, Florida State (103rd overall, Atlanta Falcons)
- Andre Williams, Boston College (113th overall, New York Giants)
* indicates players that were drafted with off-the-field concerns