Below, you’ll find all 10 running backs selected during Rounds 4-7 of the 2023 NFL Draft. For each player, you’ll get a quick-hitting overview of their 2023 fantasy football outlook.
Day 3 RB Fantasy Outlooks
Roschon Johnson: Round 4, Pick 115
- Roschon Johnson (scouting report) caught 23 passes as a true freshman at Texas before Bijan Robinson arrived.
- He’ll likely have a Day 1 role, as he’s a better receiver than Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman.
- He’ll need two running back injuries for high-end RB2 fantasy value, but he’s a stable bet for 100-150 rookie-year touches, even without any injuries.
Israel Abanikanda: Round 5, Pick 143
- Breece Hall may miss the start of the season, and Israel Abanikanda (scouting report) is a big, fast ball carrier.
- He has some receiving chops and could play over Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight as a rookie.
- He has the profile of a priority waiver wire add midseason, should Hall re-injure himself, because of his all-purpose skillset playing alongside Aaron Rodgers.
Chase Brown: Round 5, Pick 163
- Chase Brown (scouting report) is fast with some size and pass-catching ability.
- The Bengals are thin behind Joe Mixon, who they are trying to renegotiate a deal with to lower his cap number.
- Brown has a three-down skillset on an elite offense and will be a priority handcuff in fantasy.
Eric Gray: Round 5, Pick 172
- Eric Gray (scouting report) had at least 229 yards receiving in his final three years at Oklahoma.
- Built like Aaron Jones, he’s a capable back who should spell Saquon Barkley occasionally.
- He’s a fantasy RB2 should Barkley miss time due to an injury.
Evan Hull: Round 5, Pick 176
- Evan Hull (scouting report) looks like the pass-catching back in this offense after tallying 55 receptions and 546 yards receiving in 2022 at Northwestern.
- He has size (210 lbs) and speed (4.47 40-time) and should slot into a lucrative fantasy role if Jonathan Taylor goes down.
- Think of his upside as the Nyheim Hines role, with the potential for an occasional red zone carry.
Chris Rodriquez Jr.: Round 6, Pick 193
- Big back who played five seasons at Kentucky
- Offers nothing in the receiving game and won’t run away from defenders either.
- He projects to be nothing more than a TD-dependent fantasy asset who is unlikely to see the field outside of one or two injuries ahead of him.
Deuce Vaughn: Round 6, Pick 212
- Pint-sized and shifty, Deuce Vaughn (scouting report) is also a slick receiver.
- Weighing less than 180 lbs, it’s tough to envision a fantasy-relevant role for him.
- Because he is unlikely to garner more than 10 touches in a game, he’s best left on fantasy waiver wires.
Zach Evans: Round 6, Pick 215
- Zach Evans (scouting report) is a zero in the receiving game but an instinctual runner.
- He’s the direct backup to Cam Akers, but even if Akers goes down, it’s unclear what his fantasy value would be.
- He’s a speculative dart throw based on rushing talent who will be playing behind a below-average offensive line.
DeWayne McBride: Round 7, Pick 222
- DeWayne McBride (scouting report) had five career receptions in college but video game numbers as a runner.
- McBride slots in behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison and probably needs two injuries to be fantasy relevant.
Lew Nichols: Round 7, Pick 235
- Lew Nichols (scouting report) is a big back with more than 1,800 yards rushing at Central Michigan in 2021.
- He is behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon and needs at least one, though probably two, injuries ahead of him to become fantasy relevant.
Kenny McIntosh: Round 7, Pick 237
- Kenny McIntosh (scouting report) had 505 yards receiving in 2022 at Georgia and is a better receiving back than Kenneth Walker and the newly drafted Zach Charbonnet (scouting report).
- His role is probably similar to Travis Homer or DeeJay Dallas, and he does not project to be fantasy relevant except for deep PPR leagues.