Stewart stands out in crowded RB class

Originally Published: August 23, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
It is a great year for impact running backs. In fact, if this was last year, four running backs -- Rashard Mendenhall, Toney Baker, Kevin Grady, and our No. 3 prospect of this season, Jonathan Stewart -- would all rank in the second to five spots, right behind Adrian Peterson.

Stewart is a 5-foot-10, 220 pounder from Olympia Timberline, Washington. In person, at least to me, he looks and plays like Bo Jackson. What I saw on film is a back who shows uncanny balance, a great burst, tremendous strength, vision and desire. Another way he reminds me of Bo Jackson is his strength and speed allows him to run over or around defenders.