2013 NFL Draft: How Will the Atlanta Falcons Fill the Hole Michael Turner Can No Longer Get Through?
It’s quite obvious the Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is on the last of his tree trunks—or legs as most of us call them.
Turner is only averaging 3.7 yards/carry this season which is by far the worst in his entire career. The lowest before this season was the 2010 season with the Falcons where he averaged 4.1/carry.
Considering that most running backs careers are pretty close to over at his age (30) will be 31 at the beginning of next year, the question is which running backs in this year’s draft class would be a good fit in Atlanta?
I have come up with a top five list of running backs that might be ideal for the Falcons offensive scheme with uses the power running game to be able to manipulate the defense into believing they are running the ball and using paly action to get the ball to Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Here is the list:
The Buffalo Bills sit at 3-5, in last place in the AFC East despite having one of the best running backs in the entire NFL in CJ Spiller. His individual numbers have been among the leagues best, the only problem, he's not getting the ball nearly enough.
Halfway through the season Spiller has 78 carries for 562 yards which ranks him as the in 15th place in the rushing yards category. His 7.2 yards/carry average is tops amongst all NFL running backs and the next closest is Adrian Peterson who comes in at 5.7, a whole yard and-a-half less than Spiller.