Originally Posted by BroncoMan4ever
are you kidding me?
Baltimore had Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce a 2nd and 3rd round pick respectively
San Francisco has Frank Gore a 3rd round pick
Pats have Stevan Ridley a 3rd round pick
3 of the final 4 teams in the NFL playoffs this past season had at least a 3rd round pick at the RB position.
i'm not saying take Lacy in the 1st, but it is a smart idea to use a quality pick on a RB. in the playoffs a team needs to be able to run and Denver couldn't. Get a guy like Bell in the 2nd or 3rd and that changes completely.
Over the past two seasons, the "final four" teams were made up of quite a few teams that either sucked running the ball or were mediocre at it. Denver was better than ALL of them in 2011 and better than or comparable to two of them (including the SB winner) in 2012.
Of the 8 teams in question, their rankings in the regular season were as follows:
32 (Giants in 2011)
29 (Falcons in 2012)
20 (Pats in 2011)
11 (Ravens in 2012)
10 (Ravens in 2011)
8 (49ers in 2011)
7 (Pats in 2012)
4 (49ers in 2012)