It is not rocket science. Running Backs take an endless pounding game in and game out. Touching the ball anywhere from 20-40 times a game, they do not have the Quarterback’s luxury of throwing the ball away to avoid oncoming defenders. This transaltes into a very fragile playing career that typically does not span past the age of thirty.
It should come as no surprise then, that four, yes four, marquee underclassmen runners have already declared for this April’s NFL Draft. This list includes two sure-fire first rounders in Chris “Beanie” Wells (Ohio State), and Knowshon Moreno (Georgia), in addition to two more RB’s who could easily creep into the first round, LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh) and Shonn Greene (Iowa). All four of these kids had tremendous production over the past year, and certainly have scouts salivating at the possibilities one would undoubtedly bring.
It goes without saying that the four underclassmen listed above severely overshadow the senior crop of running backs ready to join the professional ranks. What’s more is that the recent underclassmen rush to declare could potentially prevent a senior RB from being taken in the first round. Such is life.
The underclassmen are capitalizing on what has been widely publicized as a weak RB senior class, and the financial reward that comes with high draft status is theirs for the taking. All four of these kids are brilliant talents, naturally gifted and instinctive runners who have earned the right to leave college early and collect their grand pay-day.