Running Back is a position of high turnover in the NFL.
This year there may be several teams looking to draft a back. Here is my list of possible contenders for a new running back:
Houston Texans: Owner Bob McNair and Coach Gary Kubiak both reiterated to the press that running back will be a “priority” in this year’s draft. Steve Slaton is still recovering from his neck injury and apparently the team does not feel Arian Foster is a long-term answer even though he played well in his “cup of coffee” last year. I actually look for them to pluck a running back in the first round. I think they are looking for more of a bruising back than the smaller guys. Jonathan Dwyer and Ryan Mathews are possibilities here.
San Diego Chargers: With the departure of LT2 and the possibility that Darren Sproles will not be retained, that leaves a huge void for the Chargers at the running back position. I think they will fill it with a back than can catch the ball out of the backfield. Look for Jahvid Best in round 1. If he goes before the Chargers select, look for them to go Dexter McCluster in rounds 2 or 3.
Kansas City Chiefs: They do have Jamaal Charles in tow, but it is this author’s opinion that he will not be able to handle a full-time 16-game workload. I foresee Toby Gerhart in their future.
Washington Redskins: Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts are getting long in the tooth. It will be time to look for a replacement. Look for Shanahan to pick some diamond in the rough in the late rounds of the draft.
Green Bay Packers: Rumors have been swirling that they could be looking for a receiving back in the draft as well. Dexter McCluster has been rumored. Joe McKnight could also be another fit here.
Detroit Lions: Kevin Smith’s injuries have opened this position up for the 2010 season and possibly beyond. I personally think LaDainian Tomlinson would be a good fit here as a stop gap until Smith gets healthy. If they can’t convince him to come, then they may go for someone in the draft. Dwyer or Mathews, whichever one Houston does not take in round 1, they could take in round 2.
Seattle Seahawks: New Coach Pete Carroll likes the home run hitting type of backs like Reggie Bush and McKnight. Look for him to get his NFL home run hitter in CJ Spiller in round 1.