Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (20) and South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) talk on the sideline as they did not participate in the workouts during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: No Team Has First-Round Grade on Running Back


When the running backs took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for on-field drills at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, it was clear that there was no elite prospect in this year’s class. Despite some running back needy teams at the end of round one, it looks like it would be wise to keep rushers out of the first 32 picks in your mock drafts.

According to draft insider Tony Pauline, there are some NFL personnel members that are not high on any of the running back prospects in this year’s draft class.

Word from NFL general managers at the combine is no running back presently carries a first-round grade. While a few backs improved their draft standing no one presented themselves as a top-32 selection.

The top prospect would be Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, but the position is not as valued as it has been in the past and that causes teams to pass on a running back option in the first-round and find some gems later in the draft.

It will be interesting to see if Lacy or any of the other running backs hear their names called in the first 32 picks of April’s draft. If not, it shouldn’t take much longer than the midway point of round two for a running back to be off the board.

Who do you think is the top running back prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class and where would you select them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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