2012 NFL Draft: 5 Running Backs the New York Jets Should Consider Drafting

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Running Backs the New York Jets Should Consider Drafting
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Just two seasons ago, the New York Jets averaged 172.2 rushing yards per game and had the No. 1 rushing attack in the league.

Those two seasons seem like a lifetime ago. Since then, the once-dominant offensive line has declined, and the lead back duties have gone from Thomas Jones to LaDainian Tomlinson to Shonn Greene. Behind Greene's 1,054 rushing yards, New York's rushing game ranked 22nd in the league last season.

While Tim Tebow will fix some of the rushing woes, an upgrade at the lead back would be welcome.

A dual backfield, similar to the Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart pairing, could also work.

New York can even look into drafting a change of pace back to complement Greene and Tebow's power-running games. This could be the most sensible route as it would cost the Jets only a mid- to late round pick.

Here are five running backs the Jets should consider drafting.  

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