2011 NFL Draft Preview: Taking a Look at a Crowded Running Back Class

April 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In a draft where a middling collection of quarterbacks have draftniks a-twitter and AJ Green and Julio Jones battle for top wideout supremacy (Green's the better prospect and it's not close), the running back class has hardly been able to generate a pulse of debate.  The position is generically described as Mark Ingram (who is boringly mocked to Miami in nearly every mock) and everyone else.  The only consensus regarding the number two back is they will not be selected until round two.
Despite the relative anonymity of this year's running back class, it stacks up as one of the deepest positions in the 2011 NFL Draft.  While the strength may not be at the top, the middle is packed with both quantity and variety.  This depth is due largely to an influx of twelve underclass runners.  Considering just twelve running backs were selected in the 2010 draft, there is a strong likelihood of a name player g...

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