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How Draft Round Affects a Running Back’s Career Performance

Published by on April 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

You know the busts: Curtis Enis, Lawrence Phillips, Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter. But can you name those sixth- and seventh-round steals, or even the guys picked in the first round who panned out as planned?

I've gone through quarterbacks and linemen so far. Next up in this series, I'll be looking at running backs. Do all those first-round busts mean that all first-round backs are off-limits?

(Note: For those running backs that were picked but did not play, I filled in their missing stats with those of Anthony Thompson, a second-round pick in 1990 with the fifth-worst yards-per-attempt average of all backs with more than 250 attempts; coincidentally, he had 251 career attempts.)


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