15. David Montgomery, Bears (Sleeper)
Taking a rookie running back is always a bit of a risk, but Montgomery could be worth the risk. If nothing else, we know that the Bears like him a lot. Not only did they trade up in the 3rd round to make sure they could get him, but they also traded away Jordan Howard for a 6th-round pick to make room for him. Tarik Cohen is a nice change-of-pace back, but he’s probably not going to take too many carries away from Montgomery, who has a chance to replicate Howard’s role in the Chicago offense.
If you’re not familiar with Montgomery from his college days at Iowa State, you’re probably not the only one. He was overlooked by many in college despite being one of the best backs in the Big 12 with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. Montgomery’s hands are also an underrated part of his game, so he’ll fit in nicely if the Bears trust Mitch Trubisky to do more passing this year.
14. Darrell Henderson, Rams (Sleeper)
Henderson was one of the top running backs selected in this year’s draft, so there’s no doubting the talent and potential is there. This guy ran for over 3,000 yards over his last two seasons at Memphis, averaging close to nine yards per carry. He was a constant threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball, and despite playing in a non-power conference, you can’t debate that he posted impressive numbers in college.
More importantly, Henderson should have the opportunity to get plenty of touches. There are serious questions about Todd Gurley’s knee, and if nothing else, the Rams are going to have to ease back his use, opening the door for Henderson to get plenty of carries. Also, keep in mind what C.J. Anderson did late last season with the Rams. This is an offense in which running backs can thrive, which is why Henderson is a potential sleeper.