Who Is The Best Back Out Of The 2008 Class? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

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Who Is The Best Back Out Of The 2008 Class? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

As you can guess from the above photo the best rookie back 2008 was Steve Slaton of the Houston Texans. That's right folks, Steve Slaton is the best back out of the 2008 draft class.

Ok now that I have shocked you or pissed you off let me justify my argument. 

First I will go over what makes him so dangerous.

He is a "scat back" type or so we thought. As we found out early in the season this is far from the truth.

Slaton showed that he can run up the middle and is willing to without trying to kick it outside (yes, that was a shot at Chris Johnson).

Enough tape on him, let's go to the numbers.

Slaton led all rookies in rushing yards with 1,282 yards. This was enough to rank him sixth in the league in rushing yards, which is pretty impressive for a rookie. He also added nine rushing touchdowns.

Now lets get into deeper stats to really show how good he was. He averaged a modest 4.8 yards a carry and an impressive 22.4 first down percentage.

He had four more 20+ rushes then the next closest back (Slaton 13, Chris Johnson nine).

That was also enough to rank him fourth in the NFL in 20+. Then there is the fact that he led the whole NFL in 40+ yard carries.

If the stats are not enough to show you that Slaton is the best back then consider this.

Slaton rushed for over 100 yards on the Titans twice. The Titans ranked sixth in rush defense. He also rushed for 92 yards against the Bears who rank fifth in the league. 

A good defense is not enough to stop this young back.

Still not convinced? That's fair.

Let us talk durability and versatility.

Slaton carried the ball over 20 times in five different games. The Texans won all of those games. What this shows is that Slaton has the ability to not only produce down the stretch but that he does it consistently.

As for his versatility, he had 377 receiving yards and is not a liability when asked to block. This means he is an every-down back. 

Those are the numbers that support my claim that Slaton is the best back from the 08 draft. You can and probably will disagree with me, but the numbers don't lie. 

Any arguments or questions would be much obliged.

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