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The Patriots haven't had a great running back since Corey Dillon. Last season, Danny Woodhead and BenJarvis-Green-Ellis were good, but what the Patriots really need is a player who can take the ball to the end zone on any given play.
One player who instantly jumps into mind is Jamaal Charles. He is slated to be a free agent this year, but it isn't clear whether or not he will be restricted or unrestricted because of the fact that there is no CBA.
Other running backs that also stand out include Ronnie Brown, DeAngelo Williams and Cedric Benson.
If the Patriots aren't able to bring in a running back through free agency, they should highly consider drafting one with one of their two picks in the first round. The Patriots could conceivably take Mark Ingram or Mikel Leshoure.
Whichever route the Patriots choose to take, one thing is clear, the Patriots need a back with the ability to take it to the hole.