I don't usually wind up with the top rookie running backs on my roster. People draft them early, usually too early, selecting them as if they're going to be the next LaDainian Tomlinson or Kareem Hunt, even though a lot has to go right for that to happen. I like to take stabs at the later guys.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jonathan Taylor, D'Andre Swift, Cam Akers -- these guys intrigue me. But they're being selected in the second or third rounds (if not earlier) in best-ball drafts going on right now, and that's just too soon for me. It's not that they can't live up to that status, but to get them I need to pass up a player I feel much better about. So with the possible exception of Akers, who's a little under the radar compared to the others, none of these guys will be on my team.

With the later-round guys -- players who were selected in the middle or late rounds of the actual draft, generally, and are going into situations where they'll definitely start out as backups -- I like to look at their receiving production last season. Were they involved in the passing game, catching balls and making plays that way? Because that's how they might start out in the offense as a rookie (if they can prove serviceable in pass protection, of course). And if they make an impact there, it will be easier for them to work their way into a large role in the offense if the starter struggles or gets hurt.

Here are the receiving numbers from last season for college running backs, sorted by receptions (minimum 20). I've bolded the guys who were drafted into interesting situations where they'll either start (including guys I've already said I won't be drafting) or could be an injury or two away from a key role.

Max BorghiWashington State81711865975
Clyde Edwards-HelaireLSU141416554531
Kenny GainwellMemphis145913516103
Ronnie RiversFresno State89913433523
Eno BenjaminArizona State108310423472
Lamical PerineFlorida6766402625
Jason HuntleyNew Mexico State10909401922
SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech76512391540
Torrance MarableCoastal Carolina108511382953
Travis EtienneClemson161419374324
Gerold BrightUtah State9219352301
De'Michael HarrisSouthern Mississippi5415343463
Jonathan WardCentral Michigan110815343291
J.J. TaylorArizona7215322890
Tra MinterSouth Alabama10575322090
Otis AndersonUCF7265313653
Lynn Bowden Jr.Kentucky146813303481
Cam AkersFlorida State114414302254
Toa TauaNevada8076301850
Keaontay IngramTexas8537292423
Moe NealSyracuse8467292420
Isaiah SpillerTexas A&M94610292030
Zack MossUtah141615283882
Ke'Shawn VaughnVanderbilt10289282701
Najee HarrisAlabama122413273047
DeJon PackerSan Jose State56711272701
Bryson DenleyBowling Green State5444272673
Pooka WilliamsKansas10613272142
Alex FontenotColorado8745271220
Walter FletcherBall State7265263062
Jonathan TaylorWisconsin200321262525
Stevie ScottIndiana84510262111
George HolaniBoise State10147262063
Cameron ScarlettStanford8407252400
DK BillingsleyTroy90110252110
JaMycal HastyBaylor6277251840
D'Andre SwiftGeorgia12187242161
Justin HendersonLouisiana Tech106215242001
Sincere McCormickUTSA9838241941
Tyler GoodsonIowa6385241660
Gaej WalkerWestern Kentucky12088241400
Sewo OloniluaTexas Christian5378241141
A.J. DavisPitt5304232690
Breece HallIowa State8979232521
J.K. DobbinsOhio State200321232472
Chuba HubbardOklahoma State209421231980
Art PierceOregon State8736231691
Kobe LewisCentral Michigan107412231640
Roschon JohnsonTexas6497231581
Christopher Brown Jr.California9148221664
Darius AndersonTexas Christian8236221280
Darrynton EvansAppalachian State148018211985
Deon JacksonDuke6416211922
Michael CarterNorth Carolina10033211542
Michael WarrenCincinnati126514211532
Jerrion EalyOle Miss7226201721
Xavier JonesSMU12762320902

Three of the bolded players -- Taylor, Hasty, Anderson -- weren't drafted, but all three are interesting. They signed as undrafted free agents with the Patriots, 49ers and Cowboys. Definitely places where a running back can make an impact if injuries strike (and they usually do).

Among drafted players, I'm interested in Perine (behind LeVeon Bell and Frank Gore) and Eno Benjamin (pictured; vying with Chase Edmonds to back up Kenyan Drake).

These are the rookie running backs I'll be looking at in the later rounds of a best-ball draft I'm in right now. Because you never know.