I dig into every article I can find about the Packers and the draft, including here at Al’s site. There is a wide range of opinions on the subject of Packers running backs. Lets look at my views on running backs, those with the team, and in the draft.
The Packers currently have six running backs and one full back listed on their roster. Those include running backs Cedric Benson, Alex Green, James Starks, Brandon Saine, Dujuan Harris, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn at full back. Grant filled a spot caused by injuries, showed he can still do a little, but like last year, just say thank you and good luck. The question on Benson would be is he even worth bringing back? He did ok at best. He is a talented back with mileage and age, he just turned 30 and is coming back from a foot injury that required surgery. I don’t see any compelling reason to bring him back other then competition.
Harris looks like a very good 3rd down back that can fill in nicely when needed to start, but not a “featured back”. He does it all pretty well. Has a decent jump cut, might need to be a bit more patient looking for cut back lanes. He needs to be brought back and coached up over the off season. Starks has shown he can be productive as a runner, is a good receiver out of the back field, but needs to work on blitz pickup. How much time do you put into a talented 6th round RB that can’t stay healthy? I think he should be brought back, but with any additional injuries he would get a quick hook from me.
Saine, another UDFA like Harris, has good straight line speed, is a decent receiver out of the back field and quite good in blitz pickup. His ability in Pass Protection might have been his best asset. Not a great fit for the Packers running game. He lacks lateral agility, but has quickness and speed.