NFL draft preview: running backs

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2012 - 12:12 PM
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malachyApr. 18, 12 2:50 PM

looking at the lists, one thing stands out to me: running backs who are performing well in the NFL (the top rushers from last season) are guys who were productive in NCAA football. 40 times and combine/pro-day workouts say something about, say, a defensive tackle's actual strength or a linebacker's speed in the open field... but a running back's potential productivity is more weighted to intangibles that are hard to measure in a workout - drive, field vision, patience (setting up blocks), determination (getting the extra half a yard), etc; but those intangibles DO show up in on-field, college production (weighted towards offensive system and number of touches, of course, too). Ray Rice is a perfect example - too short and too slow, everyone said, but he was a record-breaking rusher at Rutgers... and now is an all-pro in the NFL.

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malachyApr. 18, 12 2:58 PM

that said, david wilson from virginia tech looks like a keeper - kind of a michael bennett type of runner. very productive.

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Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle 5 FINAL
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Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 5
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