Are Running Backs Worth a First-Round Pick in the NFL Draft?

Posted: 10th December 2009 by Bob Evans in NFL
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If you watch SportsCenter every Sunday, you'll probably see highlights of Adrian Peterson running over defenders, Chris Johnson blazing through the secondary on his way to the end-zone, and Ladainian Tomlinson celebrating another record-breaking run. During the regular season, first-round running backs flourish.áJust look at the Topá10 in rushing, which features seven first-round picks.áHowever, when it comes to winning a Super Bowl, it seems that first-roundáselections in the backfieldáoften come up short. As of today, the 32 teams in the NFL feature 14 starting running backs that were drafted in the openingáround.áOf these 14 teams, only six have winning records, and New England barely even uses Lawrence Maroney in their offense. In the NFL, success is measured by Super Bowl champ ...

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