Are RBs Worth A High Draft Pick?

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  1. The Hammer

    The Hammer Ace Degenerate

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    "I don't like taking an RB high"
    "You can always get an RB later, taking one high is a waste of a pick"

    Sound familiar?

    Here the top 10 rushers for 2018

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    • Half of them (5) were taken in the first round, fairly high at that
    • 3 were taken in the second round -- including "Big Dick" Derrick Henry
    • The top two rushers were taken very high
    • The remaining in the top 10 were a UDFA and a 7th round pick
    So, 80% of the top 10 rushers in 2018 were taken in the first or second round of the NFL draft.

    While "You can get an RB anywhere" -- if you want a good one, then picking high is your best bet.
     
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  2. VondyP

    VondyP Undisputed 2QBeaver Champion

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    leonard fournette and bishop sankey say no
     
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  3. The Hammer

    The Hammer Ace Degenerate

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    If we use this logic then no position should ever be taken in the first or second

    you can find a bust at every position taken high
     
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  4. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff

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    True for most every position.

    But, the likelihood of finding a stud RB in the third is more likely than finding a premier pass rusher, LT, CB, QB or WR in the third.
     
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  5. The Hammer

    The Hammer Ace Degenerate

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    I agree on QB, not so much on the others.
     
  6. JCBRAVE

    JCBRAVE goTitans 2019 Survivor Champion

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    RBs touch the ball enough to justify using a 1st on

    If the talent is exceptional

    Otherwise just wait, RBs come from everywhere
     
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  7. 10ACTyrant

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    RBs have made a sneaky comeback in the NFL. Gotta have versatility though.
     
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  8. The Hammer

    The Hammer Ace Degenerate

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    Yeah, things are getting a back to normal a little
     
  9. Tricky

    Tricky Starter

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    Agreed. A CMC/Kamara type is worth a 1st all day long in today's NFL. Wouldnt do it for a power back that isnt a pass catcher no matter how good he is.
     
  10. dg1979us

    dg1979us Pro Bowler

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    Only 4 of those backs were on playoff teams though. That is more my issue with drafting RBs high. If it is kind of the missing piece type situation, like Dallss drafting Elliot, then I am ok with it. Dallas already had a good o-line, decent WRs, etc, they were drafting high due to injuries, so taking Elliot made sense. If the team is bad and has issues all over the field, I would much prefer go in a different direction. As good as Barkley is, the Giants won 5 games, because the team overall simply isn't good. I think in that situation they would have been better going in another direction, and trying to get Chubb or someone in the 2nd round.
     
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