The New England Patriots added a running back to their 2021 draft class with former Oklahoma Sooners back Rhamondre Stevenson. He rushed for nearly 200 yards per game in junior college before signing with the Sooners, and he has very minimal mileage out of college compared to most of the running backs in this year’s draft.
Stevenson was suspended for Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff semifinal against LSU due to a failed drug test and sat out the first five games of the 2020 season as well. Despite playing in just six games last season, he led the Sooners in rushing with 665 yards on 101 carries with seven touchdowns. He also caught 18 balls for 211 yards.
Stevenson really showed his ability once he returned to the field for Oklahoma, and he was difficult to stop, averaging 7.2 yards per carry in his two season with the Sooners. He is an aggressive runner who takes on contact at 231 pounds and can wear down defenses at the end of games. Stevenson’s game is not about bouncing runs to the outside, but he will make opponents pay a price up the middle. He has the size and strength to be a real force in the NFL for years to come.
Fantasy football impact
The Patriots might’ve found their next LeGarrette Blount in Rhamondre Stevenson on Day 3 of the draft. The former Sooners running back is a physical runner that can run in between the tackles. He joins a running back room that features the likes of Sony Michel and Damien Harris. Stevenson could see immediate playing time due to his abilities to pass protect and be a competent receiver.
Stevenson could be a running back that we could say in a few years, “Wow, how did he fall into New England’s lap?” He has what you are looking for in a running back in today’s game. Stevenson can run in between the tackles, is a physical runner, has good balance and can be a factor in the passing game. New England loves to use their running backs in the passing game, which could lead to him be coming a solid RB2.