Today’s NFL is a passer’s league. Long gone are the days when the offense revolved around the workhouse running backs like the Cleveland Jim Browns of yesteryear. The early 1970’s Bills with O.J. “The Juice” Simpson, or even the Luv Ya Blue Oilers with Earl Campbell were classic examples. Today the running back position is not valued as much as it used to be, but once in awhile a special running back comes along that is worth that first round pick investment.
If the NFL Draft consisted of three special running backs and you were given the same statistical categories for each one, would you consider using your teams first round pick on a running back? We will begin with option A, who gained 3,130 yards rushing with a 5.8 yards per carry average and cashed in 35 rushing touchdowns during a three-year SEC career. Pretty nice right?