2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State, 5-11, 220: Led the nation in rushing last season while averaging 150.7 yards per game. He rushed for a 39 touchdowns over his career.
3. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, 5-11 ½, 222: Powered the Yellow Jackets' vaunted attack, while rushing for more than 2,700 yards as a sophomore and junior. Was named the ACC player of the year in 2008.
4. Jahvid Best, California, 5-10, 195: Dazzling open field runner with excellent speed. Durability is a concern.
5. Joe McKnight, USC, 6-0, 190: Went to USC as the heir-apparent to Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. Never turned in a mega-season, but showed great instincts and game-breaking ability.
6. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, 6-1, 235: Powerful runner who also played baseball for three seasons. He has good vision and ability to follow his blocking.
7. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, 6-0, 215: He had to rehabilitate his reputation after slugging a player from Boise State in the jaw on national television after being taunted. Originally signed with Auburn coming out of high school.
8. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 6-0, 215: He has a hard-charging running style and is not afraid to lower his pads and power through tacklers. Lacks top-end speed.
9. Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 5-8, 172: Tough and quick little back, who could line up in the slot and play some wide receiver. He ran a slow 40-yard dash time (4.53 seconds) at the NFL scouting combine.
10. Ben Tate, Auburn, 5-11, 214: Ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine to dispel notions about his lack of speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards last season.
Other NFL prospects: James Starks, Buffalo; Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State; Joique Bell, Wayne State; Stafon Johnson, USC; Pat Paschall, North Dakota State; Charles Scott, LSU; Andre Anderson, Tulane.
Five teams in need: San Diego, Cleveland, Houston, Detroit and Philadelphia.
Five teams not interested: New York Jets, Washington, Minnesota, Chicago and Arizona.
Falcons view: They are counting on Michael Turner returning to good health and carrying the rushing attack. Jason Snelling showed that he can play both running-back positions last season, and Jerious Norwood is still considered a valuable part of the offense.