Editor's note: This is the eighth installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the NFL 1000 page for more rankings.
Want to start a fight in a bar? Go to Minneapolis and tell fans that Adrian Peterson isn’t the best running back in the NFL.
But wait. Is he? And what constitutes being the best? Is it production? Or talent? Or maybe a combination of both? Who was the best running back in the NFL during the 2013 season?
That’s what the NFL 1000 aims to identify. Throw out the narratives and the fantasy football stats, and dig into the film. Then we’ll see who comes out on top.
The B/R 1000 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance, on a 100-point scale.
Potential is not taken into consideration. Nor are career accomplishments.
Running backs are judged on power (25 points), speed (25), vision (40) and receiving ability (10), along with all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to do each.
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?", and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each player was scouted by me and a team of experienced evaluators, with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.