“Runningbacks can start day one and produce.”
“Don’t pay a runningback. They only last three years on average.”
“You can find one anywhere, even with a mid or late round pick.”
“Guys off the street do well in the NFL all the time.”
“Teams that sign these guys to second or third contracts are idiots.”
You’ve heard all of the popular maxims about runningbacks. Chances are you’ve said at least one. Most people believe them to be true. That’s why they’re maxims.
Heck, even the Raiders director of player personnel, Joey Clinkscales said, "you can always get a running back in the later rounds" in an interview just a week ago.
I’ve been thinking about these things as the draft approaches. Plenty of teams are in need of runningbacks. Should they have nibbled at free agency or look to the draft? Maxims would suggest looking to the draft.
Certainly there is anecdotal evidence to support these maxims. Arian Foster was undrafted and Alfred Morris was a late round pick. Doug Martin and Morris were rookies last year and both cracked the top five rushers.
To go about this logically, I’m going to break the issue into two major sections. Part one will deal with the maxims about older runningbacks. Part two (to be posted separately) will look at maxims regarding early-drafted and late-drafted rushers.no comments