2015 NFL Draft: Final Big Board Prospects 26-50

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs during the third quarter against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

36. Ameer Abdullah, RB (Wisconsin)

Ameer Abdullah is the third best running back in this draft class but in many draft classes he would have been the top back. Abdullah is a speedy rusher who is almost impossible to catch in the open field. He is a natural runner with great vision and shiftiness that would make Barry Sanders proud. To summarize, he is a really good football player.

The 5-9 205 pound Abdullah has surprising power and he can do the job in-between the tackles. Abdullah is elusive and can change directions sharply and swiftly. With 264 rushing attempts in 2014, Abdullah rushed for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014. In four seasons (three as a starter) Abdullah rushed for 4,588 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Abdullah is also a productive receiver out of the backfield. He caught over 20 receptions three seasons in a row and has seven touchdown receptions. Abdullah is a special player that Nebraska leaned on. While he got a lot of work in college, he has proven to be a durable back.

With Gurley and Gordon expected to go off the board in the first round, Abdullah is a perfect value to start the second round with.

Next: 37. Jay Ajayi, RB (Boise State)