Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are viewed as a pair of running backs that are serviceable, and that have both flashed talent. But neither of them has shown the capabilities to handle a full workload. With Juan Castillo leaving and Greg Roman expected to put his power scheme imprint on the running game, West and Dixon face questions.
West is a one-speed back who struggles to re-accelerate after hitting first contact. His vision is not nearly as detrimental to his game as Bernard Pierce's was, but West does leave yards on the field by picking the wrong holes.
Dixon's vision is better, and he does run hard, always keeping his leg churning through contact. But in a mainly power scheme, his lack of size could lead to durability issues. He has yet to prove to be capable to stay healthy, never mind handle a full workload.
This past season, Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott dominated the NFL, in the process showing that the running game was still essential. While the Steelers and Cowboys pose excellent offensive lines, Elliott and Bell are two backs that get the absolute most of their blocking.
If the Ravens find themselves staring at Dalvin Cook or Leonard Fournette on the board at 16 overall, it is hard to think that despite the other holes on the roster, Ozzie Newsome would pass on an elite talent. They could transform a running game that has struggled for the past two years, and has not been feared since the glory days of Ray Rice.