2017 NFL Draft: How Many Running Backs Could Crash the 1st Round?

May 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The running back position is devalued in today's NFL, they say.
Tell that to last year's 10th overall pick and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Todd Gurley. Or this year's fourth overall pick and early favorite to win that same award in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott.
That guy wearing No. 28 up in Minnesota, Adrian Peterson? He's still looking pretty good, even past the dreaded 30-year-old mark.
It's true NFL teams can find value at the position in the later rounds of the draft—David Johnson and Karlos Williams were among last year's examples—but does that mean they should avoid spending a premium pick on a rare talent and potential game-changer?
Next year's crop of runners eligible for the draft is looking like the perfect test for that theory.
There's plenty of hype surrounding the group, but a lot can change over one draft cycle—a full season of college football as well as the always complicated predraft process.
Which of next year's top ...

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