Alex Collins came into 2017 looking to earn some playing time with the Baltimore Ravens. Little did he know that he would not only become the starting running back for the Ravens, but he would begin getting noticed as a potential future star.
Pro Football Focus gave Collins some very high praise in one of their recent Twitter posts. PFF gave Collins their highest rushing grade among all NFL running backs. Behind him were Kareem Hunt in second, Todd Gurley in third, Jay Ajayi in fourth, and C.J. Anderson in fifth.
Alex Collins had the highest rushing grade of any running back in the NFL in 2017 pic.twitter.com/eewA7viWHz
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 15, 2018
During the 2017 season, Collins carried the football 212 times for 973 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 187 yards. Collins may not be talked about as a potential star by many, but PFF certainly seems to see star potential for him as their highest graded rushing running back.
At just 23 years of age, the future couldn’t look brighter for Collins. He is heading into the 2018 NFL season as the likely starting running back once again over Javorius Allen. Assuming the Ravens don’t take a running back early in their draft, Collins will be utilized as their workhorse back with Allen being used in third-down situations.
Collins seemed to finally have find himself in his second NFL season. He saw very little playing time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, rushing for just 125 yards on 31 carries. Baltimore picked him up to see what he had to offer and that decision to sign him paid off in a big way.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see if Collins can replicate his success in 2018. If he can, the NFL will begin taking notice of him. Collins has the talent to become a very dangerous back and he is finally getting noticed by the media.