NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Must Find an Impact RB in This Year's Draft

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 23, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft is arguably the best opportunity for a team to bring in new players for the season ahead, and the 2013 NFL draft is no exception.

Teams will be looking to consolidate their current squad or continue to build the roster, but some teams need to address desperate needs.

It might be an upgrade at a particular position or a replacement for a certain player; either way, several teams need a successful draft to fill their needs.

We saw during 2012 the impact that running backs can have on a team's success. Look at the stellar seasons of Alfred Morris, Trent Richardson and Doug Martin, and the significant impact their play had on their teams.

Which teams will be looking to draft a running back this year? Or more importantly, which teams need to find an impact back in the 2013 NFL draft?

Read on to find out.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars' run game was simply not good enough in 2012 for a team that doesn't have much of a passing attack to back it up.

Maurice Jones-Drew had his contract issues at the start of the season, and then he went down injured, leaving little to no suitable replacement behind him.

Montell Owens was either injured or inadequate, and Rashad Jennings was the guy that Jacksonville turned to at times this year—not that it helped the team a great deal.

The Jags currently have eight running backs listed on their roster, including several who have been around for only a couple of seasons.

What they don't have is a guy who can take over from MJD when he a) needs a break, b) gets injured or c) decides to leave the franchise for good.

Picking up a solid running back in the draft this year would be a good move, especially given their early picks in the respective rounds.


San Diego Chargers

The question here would be why San Diego needs a running back when it has several seemingly capable running backs on hand.

Ryan Matthews and Jackie Battle are a solid combination while Ronnie Brown offers the Chargers some variety when needed, right?

Well, kind of, but when you watched the Chargers run game last season, it wasn't up to the same standard as most teams in the NFL.

Their inability to get yards inside on first down continued to put more and more pressure on Philip Rivers, who doesn't tend to handle pressure well at the best of times but especially not when he's carrying the team on his back.

Bringing in a new, young running back would not only be good for the franchise, it could give Matthews and Battle the kick that they need to truly get going.


Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is the heart and soul of the Green Bay Packers' franchise and offense, but that doesn't mean that every play has to run through him.

The Packers aren't completely horrendous when they run the football, providing that their offensive line can hold up. They have some good runners on hand at the moment, such as Cedric Benson, James Starks, Alex Green and Ryan Grant.

Benson signals the direction that the Packers want to head over the next few seasons. What  they don't have is a clear No. 2.

The other guys seem to play depending upon who's healthy or who Mike McCarthy wants to throw in from time to time. That scenario doesn't give Aaron Rodgers any real rest or hope on play-action; teams know it's always going to be a pass play.

The Pack need to fix their offensive line in the draft, which they'll no doubt do, so they'll have better pieces in there for the run game.

What better time to start developing an impact running back as they draft offensive linemen to help out at the line of scrimmage?


What teams do you think will look to draft a RB this year?

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