2014 NFL Combine Preview: Five Running Backs to Watch

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Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey (20) celebrates after rushing 57-yards for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Faurot Field. Missouri defeated Texas A&M 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

We are less than two weeks away from the NFL combine, which means we are getting closer and closer to figuring out who the Kansas City Chiefs are going to select in the 2014 draft. For the next few days we are going to take a look at some of the guys who could play in to the Chiefs draft thoughts and therefore, should have your attention at the combine.

Today we are going to discuss some of the running backs who could be available to the Chiefs in the mid-rounds or at the end of the draft. There are rumors the Chiefs could be interested in using a pick on a running back due to Knile Davis’ injury. There are some outside concerns Davis may not be ready for the start of the season, and the general view of Cyrus Gray is not a positive one.

So who are some of the running backs you should be watching? Let’s find out.

1. Henry Josey

School: Missouri
Watch to Watch: Medicals, 40-Time, Weight, Bench Press, Cone Drill
2013 Stats: 174 carries, 1,166 yards, 16 touchdowns; 10 receptions, 65 yards, one touchdown
Met with Chiefs: No

Many of us already know the story of Josey, who tore about everything imaginable in his left knee and missed the entire 2012 season. There were a lot of questions about whether or not the speed and explosiveness would still be there when Josey returned and if he could survive a full season in the SEC. He answered those questions with an excellent 2013 season.

Kansas City could be a good fit for the Chiefs in his transition to the NFL. For one, he’ll be the third-string back with special teams duties in some capacity. His lack of reps should help him stay healthy and useful when the Chiefs need him to take a handoff or two.

The question is whether or not Josey has the strength to handle special teams duties. Jose was not asked to do too much blocking in college and his special teams duties pretty much disappeared in 2013. Is he strong enough to cover kicks or punts? Does he still have the agility to return kicks (he returned seven kicks in his career at Missouri)?

A good combine is going to be key for Josey compared to others. He has to prove his knee is stable and not at more risk than usual for another injury, display his quickness and agility, and prove he is strong enough to hold up in the NFL. If he can prove those things then maybe he can solidify himself as a round three-to-five draft pick. But if he cannot clear out some doubt, then there is a chance Kansas City could pick him up as an undrafted free agent.