By Paul M. Banks
It may not be the deepest draft when it comes to running backs, or anywhere close for that matter. However, I do see three running backs ending up in the first two rounds come draft day.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars CJ Spiller RB Clemson
The Jax offense works much better when they have two main backs in their stable. Spiller’s a fast runner built on a solid frame. His outside running game and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is where he’ll make his mark, but he’s not afraid to go right at a defender. He’s a balanced runner, who mixes good North-South inertia with high elusiveness.
36. Kansas City Ryan Mathews RB Fresno St
Why not upgrade the depth at tailback this draft? You do recall that whole “incident” with Larry Johnson this fall, correct? The Chiefs desperately need a boost to their running game and Mathews would be perfect. His running style has been described as many things: elusive, balanced, powerful, even, consistent, reliable, Fergalicious…well maybe not that last one.
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60. San Diego Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech
Now that LaDanian Tomlinson is officially gone, time to add depth in the running back corps. Dwyer, an old school workhorse running back can run inside and outside and can handle as many carries as the coach gives him. Dwyer’s a big back, but he has good speed as well and can be the muscle of a two back system or handle the bulk of the carries as well. With all the hype going to Spiller, his talent and ability will sneak up on you.
Just Missed: Jahvid Best California.
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