San Francisco seems to have the most convoluted running back situation in the league. They drafted a pair of guys who have some potential to start, but they’ve also got some capable veterans.

They traded up in the third round to select Trey Sermon. I would think some will believe he’ll be their best running back. He ran for 331 yards in the Big Ten championship game, and he ran for 193 against Clemson. He looked good on those nights, though he didn’t actually run for 1,000 yards in any of his college seasons at Oklahoma and Ohio State.

They drafted Elijah Mitchell in the sixth round. I can’t guarantee he’ll even make the 53-man roster, but with him being a sixth-round pick selected by a team coached by a Shanahan, he at least merits a look in August. Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson and Alfred Morris were all sixth-round picks.

And they’ve got some good guys coming back.

There were 47 running backs last year who carried the ball at least 100 times. Only 18 of those backs averaged over 4.6 yards per carry. The 49ers are the only team that now has three of those backs – Raheem Moster, Jeff Wilson and former Giant Wayne Gallman.

J.K. Dobbins, Balt.1348056.019
Nick Chubb, Cle.1901,0675.6212
Aaron Jones, G.B.2011,1045.499
Derrick Henry , Ten.3782,0275.3617
Miles Sanders, Phil.1648675.296
Ronald Jones, T.B.1929785.097
Damien Harris, N.E.1376915.042
Jonathan Taylor, Ind.2321,1695.0411
Gus Edwards, Balt.1447235.026
Raheem Mostert, S.F.1045215.012
Dalvin Cook, Min.3121,5574.9916
Alvin Kamara, N.O.1879324.9816
Chris Carson, Sea.1416814.835
Jeff Wilson, S.F.1266004.767
David Johnson, Hou.1476914.706
Antonio Gibson, Was.1707954.6811
Brian Hill, Atl.1004654.651
Wayne Gallman, NYG1476824.646
Melvin Gordon, Den.2159864.599
D'Andre Swift, Det.1145214.578
Austin Ekeler, LAC1165304.571
Darrell Henderson, LAR1386244.525
Latavius Murray, N.O.1466564.494
James Robinson, Jac.2401,0704.467
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, K.C.1818034.444
Devin Singletary, Buff.1566874.402
David Montgomery, Chi.2471,0704.338
Cam Akers, LAR1456254.312
Tony Pollard, Dall.1014354.314
Zack Moss, Buff.1124814.294
James Conner, Pitt.1697214.276
Phillip Lindsay, Den.1185024.251
Kareem Hunt, Cle.1988414.256
Jamaal Williams, G.B.1195054.242
Malcolm Brown, LAR1014194.155
Myles Gaskin, Mia.1425844.113
Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.2449794.016
Kenyan Drake, Ariz.2399554.0010
Josh Jacobs, L.V.2731,0653.9012
Mike Davis, Car.1656423.896
Adrian Peterson, Det.1566043.877
Joe Mixon, Cin.1194283.603
Frank Gore, NYJ1876533.492
Todd Gurley, Atl.1956783.489
Giovani Bernard, Cin.1244163.353
Benny Snell, Pitt.1113683.324
Joshua Kelley, LAC1113543.192

—Ian Allan