Now that we’ve covered the RB factory that is the NY Giants, who is left worth watching in the NFC? We’re talking about deep sleepers here, guys who almost certainly aren’t on fantasy football rosters yet.
All five of these backs were rookies last year but only one was drafted, and that in the seventh round. One didn’t even spend his rookie year in the NFL. And yet each has the talent and opportunity to make the other 31 teams in the league regret looking him over in 2010.
Martell Mallett, Eagles – With the departure of Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy needs a backup. Eldra Buckley is probably not the answer, although he did show some flashes of brilliance in spot duty last year as a rookie. Buckley’s future is more of a goal-line vulture than a feature back.
Enter CFL Rookie of the Year Martell Mallett. Undrafted out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff (I used to live near there and even I did not know they had a football team), Mallett went north and racked up 1,240 yards at 5.8 yards per carry.
According to the Eagles website, Mallett hasn’t even been assigned a number yet. There’s certainly no guarantee he can tear up the NFL like he did the CFL. Yet I have always been a fan of the devil I don’t know...