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The Titans are set at running back after general manager Jon Robinson traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry in the second round last offseason.

But there are storylines worth watching and playmakers at the position worth considering in the draft, particularly if the prospects can provide a boost on special teams, where the Titans need to solidify the return game.

The Titans have eight draft picks, including the fifth and 18th overall in the first round, two in the third round, and one each in the fourth  through seventh rounds.

 

 

Here are five running backs to watch as we inch closer to the NFL draft from April 27-29 in Philadelphia:

Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, sophomore

6-foot-1, 226 pounds

Among the most talented and controversial players in the draft, Mixon may plummet to the latter rounds or fall out of the draft altogether after punching a woman in the face in a restaurant in 2014, causing significant injury. Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor, completed counseling and community service and apologized for his behavior. Video was recently released to the public. Mixon was second in the nation in all-purpose yards last season, when he was the lone player in the FBS to score touchdowns rushing, receiving, passing and as a kick returner. Mixon was not invited to the combine.

Jeremy McNichols, Boise State, junior

5-9, 212

McNichols was a threat as a runner, pass catcher and kick returner in 2014, despite playing behind Jay Ajayi. Once Ajayi moved on to the NFL, McNichols erupted, scoring 26 touchdowns as a sophomore and 27 last season, when he amassed 2,255 all-purpose yards. He could be a fourth-round pick.

James Conner, Pittsburgh, junior

6-2, 240

An inspirational team leader known for his exceptional work ethic, Connor overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a torn MCL in 2015 to return to playing football. Connor was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2014. This season, he rushed for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns on 216 carries. He’s been cancer-free since last May.

D.J. Pumphrey, San Diego State, senior

5-8, 169

Pumphrey led the nation with 2,133 rushing yards on 349 carries while scoring 17 touchdowns last season, and is the leading rusher in FBS history with 6,405 career yards. He started for the South team at the Senior Bowl, where he finished with 82 all-purpose yards, including 44 yards on four punt returns. The Titans could also use him as a slot receiver.

T.J. Logan, North Carolina, senior

5-9, 195

Capable of scoring from anywhere on the field, Logan served as an all-purpose threat in four seasons at Chapel Hill. In his final season, he had 650 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 120 carries, 244 receiving yards and three touchdown on 29 catches, and averaged an ACC-high 32.9 yards while scoring twice on 21 kick returns. He’s scored five kickoff return touchdowns in his career. He could be a late-round pick.

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