2012 NFL Draft: 5 Dark Horse Running Back Threats

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Dark Horse Running Back Threats
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In the NFL draft it is the first rounders who get all the attention. However, it is the players picked in the later rounds that can have the biggest impact on the future of their franchise.

A first rounder is assumed to be starting as a rookie. Those picked on the second and third days of the draft are expected to add depth, and at best work their way into a starting role somewhere down the line.

Because players picked in the later rounds have much lower expectations, they have the potential to overachieve. If a team lucks out and picks up a lot of late round overachievers, it can make the difference between making the playoffs and watching the mid-winter games from home.

This slide show will predict the dark horse running backs who will surprise the league by overachieving in the NFL. 

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