Many thought Jerry Jones was out of his mind when he selected the Oklahoma Sooners' back in the third round of the 2011 draft. It was Al Davis-esque, ill-advised, reminiscent of the Golden State Warriors' habit of hoarding shooting guards or the Detroit Lions' constant collection of first round receivers. Already with an assemblage of ball carriers in Marion Barber (prior to being released), Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice, the last thing Dallas needed was another; or so it seemed.
DeMarco Murray made Jones' pick seem genius in Week 7 when he filled in for the injured Felix Jones. He exploded for 253 yards on 25 carries, including a 91 yard touchdown. He shattered Cowboys records for single game rushing yards (237) set by Emmitt Smith, and Tony Dorsett's single game record as a rookie (207), stunning Dallas and the rest of the NFL.
For those fantasy owners who were clever enough to draft Murray, and even wiser to start him, wallowed in the success of his coming out performance. Many predict he will follow up his break-out rookie campaign with an outstanding 2012 season. Here are some other speed backs who are likely to do the same.
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