Originally Posted by pricejj
I'm not advocating to take an RB in the 1st round this year. But not everybody can evaluate RB's as good as Shanahan and Bobby Turner.
Of the 4 remaining teams in the AFC playoffs, 3 of the 4 starting RB's were drafted before the 10th pick in the 3rd round (Foster is the other).
Of the 4 remaining teams in the NFC playoffs, 3 of the 4 starting RB's were drafted on or before the 1st pick of the 3rd round (and you can pretty much guarantee the Packers are going to pick an RB in the first 2 rounds this year).
It's just as important to have a high draft pick starting RB, as it is any other position. The Broncos don't have Shanahan, Turner, Gibbs, or Kubiak anymore. And we don't run the 2-back ZBS either. The RB in a single-back set MUST be able to pick up yards consistently without a lead blocker. You need to have a really good RB to at least take the pressure off the QB, or your toast. Same goes for Manning and the Broncos.
McGahee, Moreno, and Hillman were all high draft picks.
Pats - Ridley was a 3rd rounder
Texans - Foster undrafted
Rice - 2nd rounder
Moreno - 1st rounder...ugh
Falcons - Turner, 4th or 5th rounder
Packers - none high picks
49ers - Gore was a 3rd rounder
Seahawks - Lynch a 1st rounder
I just think it shows unless you have an absolute elite talent prospect, you can wait to take a RB. Pats won 2 Super Bowls with Antowain Smith their starting RB, Steelers won with Willie Parker, Packers won with Grant/Starks, Giants with Jacobs/Bradshaw. Don't reach for a RB basically.