Rating each NFL working again drafted in Spherical 1 since 2000: LaDainian Tomlinson leads the record


Najee Harris was fairly happy upon being chosen by the Steelers on this yr’s NFL Draft. That being mentioned, he did not love seeing 23 gamers get chosen earlier than his identify was known as. 

5 quarterbacks, 5 offensive linemen, 4 receivers, one tight finish, and eight defensive gamers have been chosen earlier than Harris, the primary working again taken within the draft. Harris was considered one of simply two working backs taken within the first spherical, with Clemson’s Travis Etienne — taken by the Jaguars with the twenty fifth choose — being the opposite. 

“Yeah, it was extraordinarily irritating,” Harris mentioned of watching practically two dozen gamers get chosen earlier than him, by way of DKPittsburghSports. “Particularly having this draft celebration and alluring all people out and never realizing what is going on to occur. However yeah … working backs are devalued. I may give quite a few the explanation why we should not be devalued. Simply realizing that, hey, you are higher than all these guys, it is simply that you simply play working again.”

Harris and Etienne will attempt to change the narrative at the moment surrounding working backs. And whereas the working again place might not be king of the hill, a number of groups this century have benefited by choosing a working again within the first spherical. With that in thoughts, we determined to rank every working again that was chosen within the first spherical between 2000-20. Provided that the rankings centered totally on general profession achievements, do not look too far into the place present gamers rank on the next record — they might very nicely find yourself on high as soon as they name it a profession. 

1. LaDainian Tomlinson 

No. 5 general choose, 2001 draft 

Chargers (2001-09); Jets (2010-11)

A 2017 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame inductee, Tomlinson led the NFL in speeding two occasions and speeding touchdowns thrice. Tomlinson was named league MVP in 2006 after scoring an NFL-record 31 touchdowns. Three years earlier, Tomlinson grew to become the primary working again to catch 100 passes in a single season (extremely, Tomlinson was not named to the Professional Bowl that yr). The seventh-leading rusher in NFL historical past, Tomlinson posted eight consecutive 1,000-yard speeding seasons en path to being named to the NFL’s All-2000s Group. 

2. Adrian Peterson 

No. 7 general choose, 2007 draft 

Vikings (2007-16); Saints/Cardinals (2017); Washington (2018-19); Lions (2020) 

The fifth-leading rusher in NFL historical past, Peterson is a three-time speeding champion and member of the NFL’s All-2010s Group. In 2012, “AD” was named league MVP after speeding for two,097 yards, the second-highest whole in NFL historical past. In 2015, Peterson grew to become the second-oldest participant in league historical past to steer the NFL in speeding. At age 36, the long run Corridor of Famer is hoping to land on a Tremendous Bowl contender for the 2021 season. 

3. Marshawn Lynch 

twelfth general choose, 2007 draft 

Payments (2007-10); Seahawks (2010-15, 2019); Raiders (2017-18)


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Lynch made his first Professional Bowl in Buffalo, however his “Beast Mode” persona was born in Seattle. The proprietor of the enduring “Beast Quake” run within the 2010 playoffs, Lynch was among the many league’s greatest working backs from 2011-14. Throughout that span, Lynch made 4 Professional Bowls, one All-Professional, and led the NFL in speeding touchdowns in consecutive seasons. He additionally helped lead the Seahawks to 2 NFC titles in addition to a victory in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII. Lynch is twenty ninth all time on the regular-season profession speeding record and eighth on the playoff profession speeding record. 

4. Steven Jackson

twenty fourth general choose, 2004 draft 

Rams (2004-12); Falcons (2013-14); Patriots (2015)

An enormous, bodily again at 6-foot-2 and 240 kilos, Jackson ripped off eight straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2005-12. His greatest season occurred in 2006, when Jackson rumbled for 1,528 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Rams. After 9 seasons in St. Louis, Jackson signed with the Falcons, who have been coming off of a 13-3 season and look within the NFC title sport. The Falcons gained simply 10 video games throughout Jackson’s two seasons in Atlanta, nonetheless, thus resulting in Jackson signing with the Patriots with the hope of successful a championship. In what can be his ultimate NFL sport, Jackson scored a landing in New England’s 20-18 loss to Denver within the 2015 AFC Championship Recreation. Jackson is 18th on the NFL’s profession speeding record, simply forward of Corridor of Fame working backs John Riggins and O.J. Simpson. 

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5. Jamal Lewis 

No. 5 general choose, 2000 draft 

Ravens (2000-06); Browns (2007-09)

How good was Lewis? As a rookie, he began over future All-Professional Priest Holmes. That season, Lewis rushed for practically 1,400 yards whereas serving to lead Baltimore to its first Tremendous Bowl title. After lacking your entire 2001 season with an harm, Lewis rushed for over 1,000 yards in six out of the subsequent seven seasons. In 2003, Lewis grew to become the fifth member of the two,000-yard speeding membership whereas coming inside 40 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season document. After seven energetic seasons in Baltimore, Lewis performed three extra seasons in Cleveland, the place he posted two extra 1,000-yard speeding seasons. A member of the NFL’s All-2000s Group, Lewis is twenty fifth all time on the NFL’s profession speeding record. 

6. Chris Johnson 

twenty fourth general choose, 2008 draft

Titans (2008-13); Jets (2014); Cardinals (2015-17)


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The speedy Johnson earned Professional Bowl honors throughout his first three seasons with the Titans. In 2009, Johnson grew to become the sixth member of the NFL’s 2,000-yard membership after speeding for a league-high 2,006 yards. Johnson tallied six 1,000-yard campaigns in Nashville earlier than spending one season with the Jets. He then resurfaced in Arizona, the place he was the Cardinals‘ main rusher earlier than an harm prematurely ended his 2015 season. Johnson had simply 70 carries throughout the 2016 and ’17 seasons earlier than saying his retirement in 2018. Johnson’s 9,651 speeding yards are good for thirty fifth on the all-time record, forward of Corridor of Famers Earl Campbell, Jim Taylor and Larry Csonka, amongst others. 

7. Shaun Alexander 

nineteenth general choose, 2000 draft 

Seahawks (2000-07); Washington (2008) 

One of many league’s greatest working backs throughout his heyday, Alexander averaged 1,500 speeding yards and 17 touchdowns per season from 2001-05. A Professional Bowler every season from 2003-05, Alexander gained league MVP in 2005 after main the league in speeding yards (1,880) and speeding touchdowns (27). His success that season helped the Seahawks advance to their first Tremendous Bowl. Accidents in subsequent seasons, nonetheless, led to a drastic drop in Alexander’s manufacturing. Regardless of his abbreviated prime, Alexander is thirty sixth on the league’s profession speeding record. He’s additionally a member of the NFL’s All-2000s Group. 

8. Thomas Jones 

No. 7 general choose, 2000 draft 

Cardinals (2000-02); Buccaneers (2003); Bears (2004-06); Jets (2007-09); Chiefs (2010-11)

Thomas obtained simply 18 begins throughout his first 4 NFL seasons. Issues modified after Thomas joined the Bears, the place he would rush for 3,493 yards in three seasons whereas serving to Chicago seize the NFC title in 2006. Thomas continued to have success with the Jets, the place he posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons whereas incomes his lone Professional Bowl choice in 2008. Thomas, who completed his profession with the Chiefs, is twenty sixth all time on the league’s profession speeding record. 

9. DeAngelo Williams 

twenty seventh general choose, 2006 draft 

Panthers (2006-14); Steelers (2015-16) 

A 2009 Professional Bowler, Williams led the league in speeding touchdowns in 2008 and in 2015. Previously the Panthers’ profession speeding chief, Williams loved a late profession resurgence in Pittsburgh, because the Steelers went 10-4 with Williams within the beginning lineup. Williams retired with 10,202 all-purpose yards and 70 whole touchdowns. 

10. Mark Ingram 

twenty eighth general choose, 2011 draft 

Saints (2011-18); Ravens (2019-20); Texans (2021)

After a considerably sluggish begin, Ingram has put collectively a formidable professional profession. A 3-time Professional Bowler, Ingram loved appreciable success in New Orleans earlier than speeding for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Ravens in 2019. Ingram — who’s getting into his first season with the Texans — is at the moment sixtieth on the NFL’s all-time speeding record. 

11. Reggie Bush 

No. 2 general choose, 2006 draft

Saints (2006-10); Dolphins (2011-12); Lions (2013-14); 49ers (2015); Payments (2016)

Whereas his profession might not have lived as much as his pre-draft hype, Bush nonetheless loved a fruitful NFL profession. As a rookie, Bush caught 88 passes to assist lead the Saints to their first NFC Championship Recreation. Three years later, he helped the Saints win the franchise’s solely Tremendous Bowl title. Bush loved extra success after leaving New Orleans. He rushed for over 1,000 yards (whereas averaging 5 yards per carry) for the Dolphins in 2011. He hit the 1,000-yard mark once more for the Lions in 2013. 

11. Willis McGahee

twenty third general choose, 2003 draft 

Payments (2004-06); Ravens (2007-10); Broncos (2011-12); Browns (2013)

The Payments drafted McGahee with the understanding that he would wish time to heal a severe knee harm sustained throughout the 2003 nationwide championship. After rehabbing for the 2003 season, McGahee rushed for 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2004 whereas main the Payments to the precipice of the postseason. A 1,000-yard rusher for 3 completely different franchises, McGahee earned his first Professional Bowl choice in 2007 as a member of the Ravens. In 2011, the 30-year-old working again earned his second Professional Bowl choice whereas serving to the Broncos advance to the divisional spherical of the playoffs. McGahee is forty first all time on the profession speeding record, an unbelievable achievement contemplating the importance of his 2003 knee harm. 

12. Deuce McAllister 

twenty third general choose, 2001 draft 

Saints (2001-08)

A backup in 2001, McAllister grew to become the Saints’ beginning working again after the staff traded Ricky Williams in 2002. A two-time Professional Bowler, McAllister is the one working again in Saints historical past to submit three consecutive 1,000-yard speeding seasons. His greatest season occurred in 2003, when he rushed for 1,641 yards whereas additionally recording 516 receiving yards. And whereas an harm in 2007 contributed to his 2009 launch, McAllister was added to the Saints’ roster previous to the staff’s Tremendous Bowl win over the Colts. McAllister’s 6,096 speeding yards stays the Saints’ profession speeding document. 

13. Todd Gurley 

tenth general choose, 2015 draft 

Rams (2015-19); Falcons (2020) 


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Knee issues might finally preserve Gurley from happening as an all-time nice. A 3-time Professional Bowler (and two-time All-Professional) throughout his first 4 seasons, Gurley led the NFL in speeding touchdowns in consecutive years whereas serving to the Rams attain the Tremendous Bowl in 2018. Gurley’s manufacturing has decreased on latest seasons, nonetheless, as he’s at the moment a free agent after averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry in Atlanta. 

14. Jonathan Stewart 

thirteenth general choose, 2008 draft 

Panthers (2008-17); Giants (2018) 

Stewart put up spectacular profession numbers regardless of sharing a backfield for almost all of his profession. He gained over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns throughout his first two seasons in Carolina. In 2014, following teammate DeAngelo Williams‘ harm, Stewart gained practically 1,000-purpose yards whereas receiving a then-career excessive eight begins. His success that season finally led to the staff parting with Williams throughout the 2015 offseason. That season, Stewart earned his first and solely Professional Bowl choice whereas serving to the Panthers attain the Tremendous Bowl. Stewart (who was finally changed in Carolina by Christian McCaffrey) spent one season with the Giants earlier than retiring throughout the 2019 offseason. 

15. Ezekiel Elliott

No. 4 general choose, 2016 draft 

Cowboys (2016-Current) 

A two-time NFL speeding champion, Elliott is on tempo to affix fellow Cowboys greats Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith in Canton, Ohio. A 3-time Professional Bowler, Elliott averaged 1,668 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns per season throughout his first 5 years in Dallas. 

16. Larry Johnson 

twenty seventh general choose, 2003 draft

Chiefs (2003-2009); Bengals (2009); Washington (2010); Miami (2011)

Proprietor of the best single speeding season in Penn State historical past, Johnson started his profession as Priest Holmes’ backup in Kansas Metropolis. Accidents to Holmes opened the door for Johnson, who rushed for over 3,500 yards and 37 touchdowns throughout the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Accidents and off-field points led to a major drop in manufacturing after the 2006 season. And following an unceremonious finish of his tenure with the Chiefs, Johnson had largely forgettable stops in Cincinnati, Washington and Miami. 

17. Joseph Addai 

thirtieth general choose, 2006 draft 

Colts (2006-2011)

Addai posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons throughout his first two years with the Colts. His 143 whole yards helped the Colts defeat the Bears in Tremendous Bowl XLI. Addai is at the moment seventh on the Colts’ profession speeding record. 

18. Ryan Mathews 

twelfth general choose, 2010 draft 

Chargers (2010-2014); Eagles (2015-2016)

Accidents are the rationale why Mathews was out of soccer at age 29. When wholesome, the previous Fresno State star was a Professional Bowl-caliber participant. Throughout his solely two seasons the place he performed in at the very least 14 video games, Mathews rushed for over 1,000 yards each occasions. He made the Professional Bowl in 2011 after speeding for 1,091 yards and catching 50 passes for 455 yards. 

19. Melvin Gordon 

fifteenth general choose, 2015 draft 

Chargers (2015-2019); Broncos (2020)


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The prototype working again for in the present day’s NFL, Gordon earned two Professional Bowl nods throughout his first 4 seasons within the NFL. And whereas his touches have been considerably restricted throughout his first season in Denver, Gordon nonetheless managed to hurry for practically 1,000 yards whereas scoring 10 touchdowns for the fourth time in his profession. 

20. Ronnie Brown 

No. 2 general choose, 2005 draft 

Dolphins (2005-10); Eagles (2011); Chargers (2012-14); Texans (2014)

Together with Ricky Williams, Brown has the excellence of being a part of the NFL’s constitution “Wild Cat” offense. Whereas he shared a backfield for many of his time in Miami, Brown nonetheless managed to averaged practically 1,000 speeding yards per season with the Dolphins. He earned Professional Bowl honors in 2008 whereas serving to Miami seize the AFC East title. He’s at the moment third on the Dolphins’ profession speeding record, behind Williams and Csonka. 

21. Darren McFadden 

No. 4 general choose, 2008 draft

Raiders (2008-14); Cowboys (2015-17)

The primary of two Arkansas working backs taken within the first spherical of the 2008 draft (Felix Jones being the opposite), McFadden was the primary former Razorback to register two 1,000-yard seasons within the NFL. Whereas he constantly battled by way of harm, McFadden nonetheless managed to amass 1,664 all-purpose yards for the Raiders in 2010. 5 years later, as a member of the Cowboys, McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards regardless of solely beginning in 10 video games. He spent the 2016 season as Ezekiel Elliott’s alternative earlier than retiring throughout the 2017 season. 

22. Christian McCaffrey 

No. 8 general choose, 2017 draft 

Panthers (2017-Current) 

One of many NFL’s most versatile backs, McCaffrey earned All-Professional honors in 2019 after changing into the third participant in league historical past to tally 1,000 yards speeding and receiving. McCaffrey is trying to bounce again after an harm sidelined him for all however three video games in 2020 

23. Doug Martin 

thirty first general choose, 2012 draft 

Buccaneers (2012-17); Raiders (2018) 

Whereas wholesome, Martin was an excellent participant. He gained 1,926 whole yards throughout his rookie season, and he was an All-Professional in 2015 after speeding for over 1,400 yards. However eight vital accidents — the final one putting him on injured reserve in 2019 — resulted in Martin taking part in in his final common season sport at simply 29 years outdated. 

24. Cedric Benson 

No. 4 general choose, 2005 draft 

Bears (2005-07); Bengals (2008-11); Packers (2012) 

Whereas Chicago simply wasn’t an excellent match, Benson nonetheless helped lead the Bears to the Tremendous Bowl in 2006. He loved considerably extra success in Cincinnati, the place he tallied three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons whereas serving to the Bengals clinch two playoff berths and a division title. A Lisfranc harm in 2012 (his solely season with the Packers) restricted him to simply 5 video games in what can be his ultimate season. 

25. C.J. Spiller 

No. 9 general choose, 2010 draft 

Payments (2010-14); Saints (2015); Jets/Seahawks (2016); Chiefs (2017)

Spiller’s profession had an uphill trajectory throughout his first three seasons. By 2012, he earned Professional Bowl honors after speeding for 1,244 yards and averaging 6 yards per carry. However his manufacturing plummeted after breaking his collarbone throughout the 2014 season. He spent the ultimate two season of his profession shuffling between groups earlier than returning to Clemson, the place he was lately promoted to working backs coach. 

26. Rashard Mendenhall 

twenty third general choose, 2008 draft

Steelers (2008-12); Cardinals (2013) 


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The final Steelers working again taken within the first spherical earlier than Najee Harris, Mendenhall gained a Tremendous Bowl as a rookie regardless of spending a lot of the season on injured reserve. He returned to place collectively consecutive 1,000-yard seasons that included a 1,273-yard, 13 landing marketing campaign in 2010. Whereas he helped the Steelers advance to the Tremendous Bowl that season, Mendenhall’s most notorious NFL second occurred when Clay Matthews jarred the ball free from his arms throughout a pivotal second in Tremendous Bowl XLV (the Steelers ended up shedding, 31-25). Mendenhall completed his profession in Arizona earlier than retiring after simply six seasons. 

27. Knowshon Moreno 

twelfth general choose, 2009 draft 

Broncos (2009-13); Dolphins (2014) 

Accidents restricted the previous Georgia star to simply 63 NFL video games. A key member of the Broncos‘ 2013 AFC championship staff, Moreno rushed for over 1,000 yards that season after lacking half of the 2012 marketing campaign with a torn ACL. One other torn ACL harm in 2014 — his solely season in Miami — prematurely ended his profession. 

28. Michael Bennett

twenty seventh general choose, 2001 draft 

Vikings (2001-05); Chiefs (2006-07); Buccaneers (2007-08); Chargers (2008-09); Raiders (2010) 

A Professional Bowler in 2002, a freak harm (he injured his foot whereas working on a treadmill) hindered Bennett’s productiveness for the rest of his profession. Whereas he would by no means come near duplicating his success of 2002, Bennett nonetheless managed to carve out a 10-year profession. He completed his profession with practically 5,000 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. 

29. Felix Jones 

twenty second general choose, 2008 draft

Cowboys (2008-12); Steelers (2013) 

Jones loved a stable but unspectacular six-year NFL profession. The NFL’s chief in yards-per-carry common in 2009, Jones’ greatest season occurred in 2010, when he amassed 1,250 all-purpose yards for the Cowboys. Jones shared a backfield for many of his profession; he spent three seasons taking part in alongside Marion Barber and two years with DeMarco Murray

30. Leonard Fournette 

No. 4 general choose, 2017 draft 

Jaguars (2017-19); Buccaneers (2020-Current) 

A throwback energy again, Fournette helped lead the Jaguars to the brink of the Tremendous Bowl as a rookie. He has loved a profession resurgence with the Buccaneers, as Tampa Bay went 7-0 with Fournette in its beginning lineup throughout the 2020 season. “Playoff Lenny” gained 448 whole yards and 4 touchdowns throughout the Buccaneers’ 2020 playoff run. With a rating within the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl LV win, “Lombardi Lenny” was born. 

31. Saquon Barkley 

No. 2 general choose, 2018 draft

Giants (2018-Current) 

Barkley rapidly grew to become a family identify after successful Offensive Rookie of the Yr in 2018. Barkley is trying to reclaim his spot as arguably the NFL’s high working again after an harm worn out most of his 2020 season. 

32. Cadillac Williams

No. 5 general choose, 2005 draft 

Buccaneers (2005-10); Rams (2011) 

Certainly one of two former Auburn working backs chosen within the first spherical, Williams gained Offensive Rookie of the Yr after speeding for practically 1,200 yards. Accidents, nonetheless, together with the eventual emergence of LeGarrette Blount finally contributed to Williams by no means duplicating his rookie success. 

33. Kevin Jones 

thirtieth general choose, 2004 draft 

Lions (2004-07); Bears (2008) 

Jones was solely the third Lions rookie for rush for over 1,000 yards after gaining 1,133 yards in 2011. Accidents, nonetheless, would restricted him to fewer than 700 yards over his remaining three years in Detroit. He had one uneventful season in Chicago earlier than spending one other yr within the now defunct United Soccer League. 

34. Laurence Maroney 

twenty first general choose, 2006 draft 

Patriots (2006-09); Broncos (2010) 

After sharing a backfield with Marion Barber on the College of Minnesota, Maroney shared one with Kevin Faulk in New England. An integral member of the 2007 Patriots staff that began 18-0, Maroney rushed for 122 yards within the Patriots’ postseason wins over the Jaguars and Chargers. Maroney (following an injury-marred 2008 season) posted one other stable season in 2009 earlier than ending his profession with the Broncos. 

35. Ron Dayne 

eleventh general choose, 2000 draft 

Giants (2000-04); Broncos (2005); Texans (2006-07) 

Whereas he did not stay as much as pre-draft expectations, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner did have a number of productive seasons that included serving to the Giants attain the Tremendous Bowl throughout his rookie season. Paradoxically, Dayne’s greatest season was his final; he rushed for 773 yards and 6 touchdowns whereas averaging 4 yards per carry for the Texans. 

36. Donald Brown 

twenty seventh general choose, 2009 draft 

Colts (2009-13); Chargers (2014-15) 

Whereas he by no means grew to become a full-time starter, Brown managed to place collectively a semi-productive seven-year profession. In 2011, Brown ran for 5 scores whereas averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Two years later, Brown set profession highs with six speeding touchdowns and 751 all-purpose yards. 

37. T.J. Duckett 

18th general choose, 2002 draft

Falcons (2002-05); Washington (2006); Lions (2007); Seahawks (2008) 

A robust working again, the 6-foot, 254-pound Duckett spend his first three NFL seasons as a part of a gifted Falcons backfield that featured Michael Vick and fellow working again Warrick Dunn. Whereas he was by no means a full-time starter, Duckett helped the Falcons clinch two playoff berths over that span that included a run to the NFC title sport in 2004. After 4 years in Atlanta, Duckett spent one season a bit in Washington, Detroit and Seattle. 

38. Josh Jacobs

twenty fourth general choose, 2019 draft

Raiders (2019-Current) 


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Jacobs posted one of the best rookie season by a Raiders working again since Marcus Allen’s 1982 marketing campaign. And whereas his 2020 season was not fairly nearly as good, Jacobs nonetheless was named to his first Professional Bowl final yr on the energy of his 12 speeding touchdowns. 

39. Sony Michel 

thirty first general choose, 2018 draft

Patriots (2018-Current) 

Accidents have significantly restricted Michel’s influence over the previous two seasons. However as a rookie, Michel confirmed his worth by serving to the Patriots win their sixth Tremendous Bowl title. After speeding for 931 yards in 13 regular-season video games as a rookie, Michel rushed for 336 yards and 6 touchdowns throughout the 2018 postseason. 

40. Beanie Wells 

thirty first general choose, 2009 draft 

Cardinals (2009-2012)

After sharing a backfield for 2 seasons, the previous Ohio State Buckeye took benefit of his elevated function in 2011. He ran for a career-high 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns that included a franchise-record 228 yards towards the Rams. However an harm restricted him to eight video games in 2012, and a torn Achilles tendon sustained throughout the ensuing offseason prematurely ended his profession. 

41. Trent Richardson 

No. 3 general choose, 2012 draft 

Browns (2012-13); Colts (2013-14)

A particularly productive participant at Alabama, Richardson’s lack of big-play potential hindered his NFL manufacturing. Whereas his rookie season wasn’t dangerous (he amassed 1,317 yards and 12 touchdowns), Richardson was nonetheless traded from Cleveland to Indianapolis initially of the 2013 season. He averaged simply 3.1 yards per carry in 29 video games with the Colts. Richardson averaged simply 3.3 yards per carry throughout his three-year profession. 

42. William Inexperienced

sixteenth general choose, 2002 draft

Browns (2002-05) 

Whereas considerably underwhelming, Inexperienced nonetheless managed to rack up 1,000 all-purpose yards whereas serving to the Browns make the playoffs throughout this rookie season. Finally, Inexperienced’s inconsistency (he averaged simply 3.7 yards per carry for his profession) and off-field points led to him being out of the NFL after simply 4 seasons. Inexperienced tried a comeback in 2008 however was by no means signed to a contract. 

43. Jahvid Finest 

thirtieth general choose, 2010 draft 

Lions (2010-12) 

A number of concussions resulted in Finest showing in simply 22 NFL video games. In his second-to-last sport, Finest rushed for a career-high 163 yards (on 12 carries) that included an 88-yard landing run. 

44. Clyde Edwards-Helaire 

thirty second general choose, 2020 draft

Chiefs (2020-Current) 

The previous LSU Tiger bust out of the gates in rookie debut, speeding for 138 yards and a landing within the Chiefs‘ opening-season win over the Texans. And whereas a hip harm slowed his roll on the finish of the season, Edwards-Helaire nonetheless managed to achieve 1,100 all-purpose yards in 13 regular-season video games. He additionally helped the Chiefs return to the Tremendous Bowl for a second straight yr. 

45. Trung Canidate 

thirty first general, 2000 draft

Rams (2000-02); Washington (2003) 

The fifth working again chosen within the first spherical of the 2000 draft, Canidate spent his first three NFL seasons taking part in behind future Corridor of Fame working again Marshall Faulk. And regardless of a stable 2003 season in Washington, Canidate was launched after the staff traded for former Broncos Professional Bowler Clinton Portis. Canidate by no means performed in one other NFL sport. 

46. Chris Perry 

twenty sixth general choose, 2004 draft 

Bengals (2004-08) 

Whereas accidents finally minimize his profession brief, Perry did assist the Bengals win their first AFC North title in 2005. That season, Perry caught 51 passes, probably the most by a Bengals working again since James Brooks in 1986. 

47. Rashaad Penny

twenty seventh general choose, 2018 draft

Seahawks (2018-Current) 

Accidents and the emergence of 2017 seventh-round choose Chris Carson have severely restricted Penny’s NFL manufacturing. Via three seasons, the previous San Diego State standout has rushed for simply 823 yards on 161 carries for the Seahawks

48. David Wilson 

thirty second general choose, 2012 draft 

Giants (2012-14) 

A extreme spinal harm compelled Wilson to retire after simply 21 video games. And whereas his profession was brief, Wilson did set a Giants franchise document for whole yards gained in a sport when he amassed 327 yards in a 2012 win over the Saints



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