B/R NFL 1,000: Top 80 Running Backs

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B/R NFL 1,000: Top 80 Running Backs
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Pop quiz: Who is the best running back in the NFL?

Adrian Peterson might be the strongest, Ray Rice the best on third downs and LeSean McCoy the most athletic, but who is truly the best in the game?

After spending countless hours locked in the film room breaking down the 2011 NFL season, here is our ranking of the top 80 running backs in the NFL today as part of the B/R NFL 1,000 series.

The series offers an in-depth look at every position in the NFL, breaking down players' skills in a way never before seen on the Internet.

B/R 1,000 rankings don't assess who had the best year or even who has the most potential. Rather, players are judged on their current skills and mechanics, based on film study of the 2011 NFL preseason and regular season only.

After hours spent scouting every starter and every potential starter, the top 80 running backs have been scored on 10 criteria (more on the criteria here). In the slides that follow, we'll explain each player's strengths and weaknesses as the final ranking is revealed.

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