The 2012 NFL draft likely won’t be heavy with potential franchise running backs. What's more, most teams won't care since the league has shifted toward a passing-centric style of offense in recent years.
Regardless, football is still about overpowering the opponent, and the best way for a team to establish its dominance is with a strong running game.
With that in mind, there are some big-name collegiate running backs pushing hard to impress the scouts and make an impact in the NFL. There are also a few backs with a lot of hype, but not necessarily the level of performance to match.
If you’re an NFL draft junkie looking to prepare for next year’s edition already, this should give you at least part of your daily fix.
Here’s whose stock is rising and whose is falling when it comes to NFL prospects at the running back position.