Lately, the NFL is gradually realizing no matter how much importance — earned or not — gets hoisted on quarterbacks’ shoulders, and no matter how teams are willing to reach for them more every year, they can’t dismiss the importance of great running backs. They are better off taking advantage of a good one (and surrounding him accordingly) than swinging and missing badly on a quarterback, or leaving a good one with no backfield help.
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Elliott and Bell are the obvious examples. So is the Falcons’ backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, deserving of as much of the credit for their Super Bowl run as MVP Matt Ryan. They’re the most prominent of a wave of runners entering the league the last two years, like David Johnson, Derrick Henry, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and Jay Ajayi.
Chris Kirksey Mens Jersey Now, in march Fournette, McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, D’Onta Foreman, Samaji Perine (and, yes, Joe Mixon, whose ability overshadowed his past transgressions in the NFL’s eyes). That doesn’t count the mid to lateround sleepers that always emerge. Foreman went in the fourth, Ajayi the fifth.
Just three years ago, the league had gone consecutive years without taking a back in the first round — but even then, footballwatchers knew what was coming. And remember, one of the more talented members expected to be in this class, Georgia’s Nick Chubb, was delayed by his knee injury and is expected to arrive in 2018.