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  • Are Quality RB's More Abundant Than Ever?

    This question crossed my mind today after watching James Starks run for big yards. I find myself wondering if fewer RBs should be taken with early picks, allowing teams to address other needs, and then find RBs later. It always has seemed to me that RB is a positioned saturated with good athletes, but now I wonder if that's more true than ever. Thoughts?
    Last edited by Halsey; 01-09-2011, 10:19 PM.

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    I've always thought of RB as more of a luxury. Unless there's an elite guy, building a good line that can create holes will make any running look good.
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    • #3
      A smart GM wouldn't even think about taking a RB in the first round.

      Good RBs are ridiculously easy to find elsewhere.

      And while guys like AD and CJ2K are very, very good, and CAN'T be found late, they play a position that is simply not as important. Proof: Titans and Vikings (both teams success correlated with strong QB play - their RBs were always a constant).
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      • #4
        I do think a team can be seriously hurt if it doesn't have enough quality RBs to play. The Saints and Colts are evidence of that. While RBs may be relatively easy to find, they have very important jobs. Having to use a guy who is a weak between the tackles runner or fumbles the ball too much can kill drives.

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        • #5
          There are always guys worth taking 1st round. However, trading up or jumping on guys like Donald Brown or Beanie Wells is asinine. Now *those* guys can be bested by a James Starks in the 6th round.

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          • #6
            Basically speaking, picking a RB with anything higher than a low second round pick is pretty foolish at this point, in this day and age when the passing game is paramount and reasonably talented RBs can be found everywhere.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Morton View Post
              Basically speaking, picking a RB with anything higher than a low second round pick is pretty foolish at this point, in this day and age when the passing game is paramount and reasonably talented RBs can be found everywhere.
              Brandon Jackson was a 2nd round pick yet the Packers had a completely ineffective run game this year which made them lose games they shouldn't have.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Halsey View Post
                I do think a team can be seriously hurt if it doesn't have enough quality RBs to play. The Saints and Colts are evidence of that. While RBs may be relatively easy to find, they have very important jobs. Having to use a guy who is a weak between the tackles runner or fumbles the ball too much can kill drives.
                Saints and Colts did fine with anyone at RB... when they could run block.
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                • #9
                  If I was a GM, the earliest I would draft a RB would be the 3rd round. It is by far the easiest position to find good players.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SeanTaylorRIP View Post
                    Brandon Jackson was a 2nd round pick yet the Packers had a completely ineffective run game this year which made them lose games they shouldn't have.
                    Grant was undrafted, had a lot of success. Jackson was a second round pick, didn't really have success. Then Starks, a 6th round pick, has success.


                    Not sure where you were trying to go with that.
                    Last edited by GB12; 01-09-2011, 10:59 PM.

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                    • #11
                      It's the easiest transition in the NFL. Guys like Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Michael Turner, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Ahmad Bradshaw were all drafted in Rounds 3-7 or undrafted.

                      Ryan Torain, Michael Bush, and LeGarrette Blount have made names for themselves as well.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GB12 View Post
                        Grant was undrafted, had a lot of success. Jackson was a second round pick, didn't really have success. Then Starks, another undrafted player, has success.


                        Not sure where you were trying to go with that.
                        Starks actually was drafted in the 6th round, pick #193.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DaBrowns41 View Post
                          It's the easiest transition in the NFL. Guys like Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Michael Turner, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Ahmad Bradshaw were all drafted in Rounds 3-7 or undrafted.

                          Ryan Torain, Michael Bush, and LeGarrette Blount have made names for themselves as well.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Halsey View Post
                            Don't forget about Benjarvus Green-Smith-Thomas-Clementine-Ellis
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DaBrowns41 View Post
                              I listed him in there. :D

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                              Wow, how did I miss that...

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