Oklahoma State junior running back Joseph Randle has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He is projected to be among the top running backs drafted.
Randle is rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 running back and No. 84 prospect overall for April's draft. He is projected to be a second- or third-round pick.
Although he was overshadowed during the 2011 season playing with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, Randle stepped out of their shadow in 2012 and led the Big 12 conference in rushing with 1,417 yards on 274 carries (5.2) and 14 touchdowns, averaging 109 yards per game. He was also active as a receiver, adding 28 catches for 224 yards. Randle, who leaves Stillwater with 3,085 career rushing yards, was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection this past season.
Randle has a lean torso and narrow frame but has done a nice job in the weight room and adding pounds to his frame. He has good speed to burst through the hole and stay upright through contact -- many of his yards came after the initial hit when he lowered his pads and fell forward.
Randle has an upright running style, but he accelerates quickly and is productive as both a rusher and receiver.