With one of the best running back draft classes of recent memory, the general consensus was that Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley were the top two rushers in this draft. That was proven to be true so far as both were selected in the first round within the top 15 picks. However, the Ravens might have found their running back of the future in their fourth round pick of Javorius Allen.
NumberFire points out that Allen might not be the quickest guy in the draft, especially with some of the top talents well ahead of him, but that he was incredibly productive in 2014 for USC.
They highlight that Allen's dual-threat ability of being a rusher as well as an excellent pass catcher could make him difficult to gameplan against and give the Ravens the type of running back that they like to have on the roster. With new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Allen should get even more chances to showcase his pass-catching abilities as Trestman utilizes the running backs in every way possible.
Trestman even had this to say about Allen.
We like his athleticism. We like his size. He's very good inside and outside. He can catch the football. He's a good blocker. We were very excited to have the opportunity to get Buck when we did. There were some very, very good backs, but he was our top guy coming into [final day].
Javorius Allen not only has a faster 40-yard dash than starter Justin Forsett, but is bigger at 6-foot and 221-pounds. That type of size and speed should give Allen the ability to lower the shoulder and fight for yards inside the tackles as well as be a good quick back both as a pass catcher and on stretch plays.
The conclude that with all draft picks, there are a lot of "if's" but that Baltimore presents the best situation for Allen to excel, and I have to agree with them on that.