In an NFL Draft that features some talented quarterback and defensive prospects, the position of running back has been overlooked.
As of now, there’s only one running back—former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram—that is projected to be drafted in the first round. Even he might slip to the second round if teams balk at his injury history.
Many teams believe they can still find serviceable running backs in later rounds.
In the NFL today, teams rely on contributions from two or even three running backs, so using a high draft pick on a running back has become obsolete—unless an Adrian Peterson type prospect is on the table.
Though they may slip in the draft, here are a few running back prospects who could be impact NFL players.
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1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, DE/OLB
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Patrick Peterson, CB
17. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OG
18. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
19. New York Giants: Akeem Ayers, OLB
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
21. Kansans City Chiefs: Aldon Smith, OLB
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward, DE
9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT
10. Washington Redskins: J.J. Watt, DE
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan, DE
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, OLB
28. New England Patriots: Brooks Reed, DE/OLB
13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder, OT
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn, DE