NFL Draft 2011: Ranking Mark Ingram and the 5 Best Running Backs in the Draft

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NFL Draft 2011: Ranking Mark Ingram and the 5 Best Running Backs in the Draft
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Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram might wish he had been eligible to come out for the 2010 NFL Draft. After the 2009 season in which Ingram, a sophomore, won the Heisman Trophy and led his Alabama teammates to a national championship, he would certainly have gone within the top 10 selections. Alas, he needed one more year at the college level before he would be draft-eligible.

The 2010 campaign did not go as well for Ingram: Alabama has lost three times already, and Ingram has scarcely more than half his rushing yardage from last season. In the meantime, other running backs from across the collegiate map have stepped up and become serious draft prospects in the first round. Read on for the five best runners on the board, regardless of their projected draft slot or college stats.

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