NFL’s Top 28 over 28: Running Backs

September 6, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Age is a bigger factor for running backs than for just about any other position in the sport of football. The 30-year-old mark is basically a death sentence for tailbacks, as age typically means a bulk of carries over long periods of time, and a bulk of carries over long periods of time mean a heavy dosage of wear and tear on the body. 
This position may not be as deep as quarterback, our first installment of the 28 for 28 series, but it's still noteworthy, especially at the top, where All-Pro and Pro Bowl running backs are still lingering. To attempt to simplify the grading process of running backs, we'll give numerical value to five traits.
The first is speed and agility (25 points on a 100-point scale). This one is fairly simple: What does a back's top speed, wiggle and balance in space look like? The baseline threatening defenses on the perimeter is huge for the position, as those who are poor in this area allow their opponents to cheat by formation, giving the oppor...

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