Darren McFadden came out of the University of Arkansas with the bombast of his 4.27 40-yard dash time. He was then drafted by the Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders in 2008, flashing briefly upon arrival.
His flashing was cut short by his many injuries, and those injuries caused McFadden's career to spiral downward. When he did play, it seemed that McFadden was unable to break tackles and make people miss.
In a previous article called, "Darren McFadden: One Change Away from Superstardom," I wrote about how McFadden could solve all of his problems by running lower. All writers love it when they are right, but watching this young man run with the football is what makes me glad I was right.
If the Raiders somehow sneak into the playoffs, McFadden deserves some votes for NFL MVP. He is no doubt the main reason why the Raiders have improved so drastically this year.
Turn the page to see McFadden's case for being the best running back in the league this year.