I can hear the Chiefs, Broncos, and Chargers fans already yelling, "He can't stay healthy!"
I'm well aware of Darren McFadden's inability to stay on the field for an entire season. McFadden hasn't played more then 13 games in a single season. His injuries have indeed held him back from being considered one of the best running back in the league.
However, when I look at McFadden's on-field production, there is no doubt that he is an elite back.
In 2010, McFadden was able to compile 1,157 yards in only 13 games. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry. It was a great season for McFadden, who finally began to look like what we thought he could be during his stellar college career at Arkansas.
Last season, McFadden looked even better. Going into Week 7, McFadden had rushed for 612 yards. He was the leading rusher in the NFL and was on pace for his second consecutive 1000 yard season.
Then, he injured his foot against the Chiefs, and his entire season was derailed. Despite speculation of a late season return, McFadden ended up missing the rest of the 2012 season.
McFadden is expected to be entering 2012 at full strength. If he is 100 percent healthy, there is no doubt that he will be the best running back in the AFC West.