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Running backs NOT drafted in the 1st rd

The problem with drafting a running back early is that you lose your chance to get so much value late. Teams bypass running backs for players of more positional value (DE, CB, OL, WR, etc.) all throughout the draft. On top of this teams need 2 DEs, 3 WRs, 2 CBs, 4 LBs and so on. Each team really only needs 1 lead running back. If you're into value, you should not draft a running back early. Here's a stud filled list of current starters drafted after the first round.

Matt Forte (44)
LeSean McCoy (53)
Ray Rice (55)
Maurice Jones-Drew (60)
Frank Gore (65)
Shonn Greene (65)
DeMarco Murray (71)
Michael Bush (100)
Darren Sproles (130)
Michael Turner (154)
Peyton Hillis (227)
Ahmad Bradshaw (250)
Fred Jackson (undrafted)
Arian Foster (undrafted)

It goes to show that high quality running backs are routintely drafted later. Shoot the Browns have 7 picks in the last 3 rounds, use them all on running backs and take the best one to the 52 man roster. All kidding aside, I did a mock of our draft options with 'drafting a running back early' vs 'drafting a running back late.'

Browns mock draft with positional values at www.CleBrownsBlog.com

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