Charles Murphy

Rookie RB Sleepers: Handcuffs With Upside

Jun 20, 2013 8:16 PM EST

Latavius Murray (ADP 153)

It's always the same old story with Darren McFadden, drafted in the early rounds because of his upside but then breaks down early in the season due to his slender build and high volume of touches. Last year, with a failed Taiwan Jones experiment, the Raiders were forced to use their fullback, Marcell Reece, in place of an injured Mcfadden. The Raiders decided to give themselves some depth to prevent that happening again by taking a late tound pick on University of Central Florida's Latavius Murray. He is an athletic specimien at 6'2" 220 and posted outstanding combine numbers with a 4.38 forty and 22 bench press repetitions. Although he lacks the experiecnce of some of the bigger names in the draft, Murray provides a very physical and talented presence in a Raiders backfiled full of question marks. With the passing game in shambles and lack of a formidable quarterback, the Raiders should be running a ton in 2013 and should provide Murray the opportunity to show what he's got. I think Murray is a must-draft for those daring enough to draft Darren McFadden this year.