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.
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.
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.