The 5 Most Underrated Running Backs in 2012 NFL Draft

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The 5 Most Underrated Running Backs in 2012 NFL Draft
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The 2012 NFL draft may not contain more than one surefire first-rounder at the running back position (Trent Richardson being that one), but it's not for a lack of talent.

The ever-increasing focus on the passing game has done its part to hinder the value of the running back in today's NFL, but the teams that haven't lost sight of the ground game altogether would be wise to take a deep look at the backs in this class.

Of course, Richardson (Alabama) is a one-of-a-kind find, and Doug Martin (Boise St.), David Wilson (Virginia Tech) and Lamar Miller (Miami) figure to be off the board before we sink too far into draft weekend as well.

However, as we delve into late Friday night (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday's (Rounds 4-7) final four-round draft-a-thon, the value at the position doesn't drop off as much as one would think.

In fact, as you probably know, mid-round running back selections have panned out for NFL teams perhaps just as much as any other position on the gridiron. 

In 2011 alone, third-rounder DeMarco Murray and fourth-rounders Kendall Hunter and Roy Helu all paid immediate dividends for the teams that drafted them.

In the slides to come, you'll see five underrated running backs in the 2012 draft class who can have a similar impact throughout their rookie seasons and beyond.

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