5 speedy running backs the Cardinals could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Ty Chandler (North Carolina)

Another smallish back at just 204 pounds, Ty Chandler, ran a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. He’s also a one-year wonder, having rushed for over 1,000 yards just once. His 13 rushing touchdowns in 2021 tied those scored in his previous seasons combined, dating back to 2017.

However, the Tennessee transfer shared carries until his stint at UNC, so he has more tread on his tires than most featured college backs. Chandler also struggles to read defenders and he doesn’t hit the hole well. However, he’s a patient runner who allows his blockers to develop running room before he makes his move.

While his statistics don’t show it, Chandler is also good in the receiving game, showing surehandedness when quarterbacks call his number. If he can adjust to the speed at the top level, Chandler has a chance to succeed in the NFL. He’s another Day 3 pick.