Are NFL Running Backs a “Dime a Dozen?”

May 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every year we hear the same cliche come draft time. Invariably someone will comment, "You should always wait on a RB you can get one in the later rounds."  It is evident from simply observing the best backs in the NFL that it does require a high pick to get a truly special back.
Here is a look at the top 10 backs in terms of rushing yards last year:
1. Chris Johnson—24th overall
2. Steven Jackson—24th overall
3. Thomas Jones—7th overall
4. Maurice Jones-Drew—60th overall (2nd)
5. Adrian Peterson—7th overall
6. Ray Rice—55th overall (2nd)
7. Ryan Grant—UDFA
8. Cedric Benson—4th overall
9. Jonathan Stewart—13th overall
10. Ricky Williams—5th overall
There was just one player, Green Bay's Ryan Grant, that was selected outside of the first two rounds who made the top 10 in 2010. Of the 10, seven were taken in the first round with four in the top 10 picks.

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