Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans, 26
Derrick Henry was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft after a spectacular career at Alabama. He won the Heisman award for best player in college football in 2015 along with a number of other awards. With the Titans he has gotten better every year finally making the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2019 in a dominant season where he has led the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns. Henry has been the bellcow of the Titans offense, carrying them to the playoffs and through the New England Patriots in the first round. There is no way that the Tennessee Titans will let Henry going anywhere. We expect he will soon be among the NFL’s highest paid running backs.
Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers, 27
Since being drafted by the Chargers in the first round in 2015, Melvin Gordon has been one of the best running backs in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and in 2018 and was a part of some of the best Chargers offenses in recent memory. Wanting a contract extension and not being happy with the offer given to him by the Chargers, Melvin Gordon held out at the beginning of the season. He is an important part of the Chargers offense so they could try to franchise him, but the odds are that Melvin Gordon is going to end up with a different team in 2020. Whatever team gets him will get a skilled running back who can play on all three downs.
Kenyan Drake - Arizona Cardinals, 26
Kenyan Drake was drafted in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Miami Dolphins. He has shown some flashes of skill but has also struggled with injuries and consistency. Drake has seen his stock rise dramatically since being traded from the Dolphins to the Arizona Cardinals, where he was one of the better parts of the offense. Although many thought he would initially be a rental, the Cardinals could look to bring back Drake given his success and their uncertain depth at the running back position.
Carlos Hyde - Houston Texans, 28
Carlos Hyde was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Ohio State by the San Francisco 49ers. He had an inconsistent career with the 49ers and left at the end of the 2017 season to join the Cleveland Browns. He had a mediocre time with the Browns in 2018 and was eventually traded to the Jaguars after the emergence of Nick Chubb. The Jaguars would eventually released Hyde in 2019 and he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. After an early injury to Lamar Jackson, the Houston Texans traded for Carlos Hyde and he has surprised as the feature back playing relatively well. The best scenario for Hyde and the team would probably be his return to the Texans.
Peyton Barber - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26
Peyton Barber was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. He had played college football at Auburn. After being on and off the roster in his first year and not seeing much playing time in 2017, Barber saw a lot more playing time in 2018. He ended up resigning with the Buccaneers for 2019 and split carries in the backfield. We would expect to see Peyton Barber move on from the Buccaneers with the emergence of others in their backfield but there could always be a surprise.