How does Nick Chubb rank in the 2018 running back class?
Here’s how Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb compares to Saquon Barkley and the other running backs in the 2018 NFL draft class.
After recently doing a comparison of the 2018 NFL draft class to see how Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield compared against his fellow quarterbacks, I have decided it would be a fun exercise to see how Nick Chubb compares against the rest of the 2018 running back class.
The 2018 running back class was nothing compared to the historic 2017 running back class, which in my opinion will go down as the greatest running back class of all time. The 2017 class featured Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Chris Carson, Aaron Jones, James Conner, and of course, the first running back taken, Leonard Fournette.
Not nearly as deep, I would put the 2018 running back classes top tier of Nick Chubb and Saquon Barkley up against any of the running backs in the 2017 class. The NFL has had an insane influx of running back talent among these two drafts, which has made some question the value of the position. I’m not going to be discussing how valuable a running back is in this article, but we will be taking a look at the production that these guys have produced so far in their careers.
The 2018 NFL running back class will be compared on 8 statistics, rushing yards per attempt, rushing yards per game, rushing touchdowns, yards per reception, receiving yards per game, receiving touchdowns, catch percentage, and pro bowl appearances.
Since there were around 20 running backs taken, I will only be showing the top 10 in each statistical category, and have cut out the running backs who weren’t drafted and who barely played in the NFL (sorry Derrius Guice). With that being said, let’s dive right into our comparison.
All statistics in this article are courtesy of pro-football-reference.com, which is a great site if you’d like to see these players’ stats more in-depth.