5 Years of Running Backs in the Draft

5 Years of Running Backs in the Draft
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5 Years of Running Backs in the Draft

With reports swirling that no running back will be selected in the first round in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, our Premium team thought it relevant to evaluate just how running backs have faired in recent drafts, and identify any trends. We'll breakdown the total drafted, cost, first rounders, and current starters from each of the last five NFL drafts.

19 running backs were selected in last year’s draft for a total cost of $74,081,889 - the 7th highest cost for drafted positions. Only 3 of them were taken in the first round. Of the 19, Trent Richardson (3), Doug Martin (31), David Wilson (32), Vick Ballard (170), Alfred Morris (173), and Daryl Richardson (252) are currently or projected to be starters in 2013.
    Rank
Total Drafted 19 6th
Total Drafted Cost $74,081,889 8th
1st Rounders 3 5th
Projected Starters 6

27 running backs were selected in the 2011 draft for a total cost of $74,366,814 - the 8th highest cost for drafted positions. Only one, Mark Ingram (28), was taken in the first round though. Of the 27, only Demarco Murray (71) is currently a starter in the NFL.
    Rank
Total Drafted 27 3rd
Total Drafted Cost $74,366,814 8th
1st Rounders 1 10th
Projected Starters 1

14 running backs were selected in 2010, for a total cost of $98,286,300; the 8th highest cost for drafted positions. Three of the running backs, C.J. Spiller (9), Ryan Mathews (12), and Jahvid Best (30) were first round picks. Of the 14, only Ryan Mathews (maybe), and Jonathan Dwyer (sort of) are considered starters in the NFL right now.
    Rank
Total Drafted 14 10th
Total Drafted Cost $98,286,300 8th
1st Rounders 3 5th
Projected Starters 2

20 running backs were selected in the 2009 draft for a total cost of $71,156,477; the 8th highest cost for drafted positions. Three of the backs, Knowshown Moreno (12), Donald Brown (27), and Beanie Wells (31) were taken in the first round. LeSean McCoy, Shonn Greene, and Mike Goodson are the only 3 projected starters for 2013.
    Rank
Total Drafted 20 6th
Total Drafted Cost $71,156,477 8th
1st Rounders 3 4th
Projected Starters 3

26 running backs were selected in the 2008 draft for a total cost of $168,176,781; the 3rd highest cost for drafted positions. Five of the backs, Darren McFadden (4), Jonathan Stewart (13), Felix Jones (22), Rashard Mendenhall (23), and Chris Johnson (24) were taken in the first round. Seven of the drafted backs are projected to be starters in 2013.
    Rank
Total Drafted 26 4th
Total Drafted Cost $168,176,781 3rd
1st Rounders 5 2nd
Projected Starters 7



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