There might be little argument about who the best running back in the NFL was during the 2012 season, but there's plenty of room for debate after that.
The NFL is loaded with talented runners in all shapes and sizes, and as the final positional installment of our NFL 1,000 series, we take a look at the best 90 runners in the league based on the skills they showed during the 2012 season.
As with all the positions in this year's position-by-position rankings, we are scoring criteria at different weights, but they always add up to a maximum of 100. Players in this case can receive up to 25 points for power, 25 for speed, 40 for vision and 10 for receiving. Speed, by the way, isn't just a matter of a player's sprinting ability. It takes into account his ability to burst through gaps and his quickness laterally.
Our scouting team reviewed film from the 2012 season of more than 100 running backs to come up with the top 90 players. The rankings are based on the players’ skills and execution in 2012, with no credit received for career achievements or potential.
Players who played fewer than 100 snaps at running back last season didn't qualify for the rankings.
In the case of a tie, we broke it based on which back we'd rather have on our team for a game right now.
The NFL 1,000 series will wrap up with a recap of the top 100 players overall and a look at the entire list of 1,000 players. In the meantime, you can find all the positions ranked at the B/R NFL 1,000 home page.
All stats from Pro Football Focus.