NFL Draft Review – Running Backs
Now let’s take a look at the Running Backs that got drafted.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
This move made little sense to me. Moreno is a talented back, but Denver had more pressing needs to address. Namely their Defense. With Brian Orapko, Malcom Jenkins, Brian Cushing, etc. available, I feel the Broncos would have been better off drafting one of those three. I did like their selecion of Robert Ayers a few picks later, but they had a chance to add two of the top Defensive players in the draft. Another reason I did not like the move was the RB depth they added this Offseason with Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan, and J.J. Arrington joining the Broncos. To me Moreno is the best of the backs, but with that sort of depth, he won’t be the top producing Rookie Running Back.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts probably should have addressed their Run Defense with Evander Hood or Ron Brace, but adding a back was a key following the departure of Dominic Rhodes. Joseph Addai is a talented back, but I’m not sure he can stay healthy enough to carry the full load. Brown gives them a nice 1-2 punch, although his stats, along with Addai’s, will suffer barring an injury to one or the other.
Chris “Beanie” Wells, Arizona Cardinals - I feel Beanie will have the best Rookie season of all the backs. Arizona will try to be a little more balanced next year like they were in the playoffs. They are a better team when they play that way. Wells will get plenty of carries. If the Cardinals got a smaller back, perhaps Tim Hightower would have more fantasy value. With Wells, he may not get quite as many touches in the red zone.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles – McCoy has the opportunity to be one of the better long-term RBs in this draft. He is versatile and gets to learn from Brian Westbrook. With Buckhalter’s departure, he’ll get some carries, especially when Westy gets nicked up and misses a game or two.
Shonn Greene, New York Jets - This was a pretty telling pick by the Jets. Considering they only had two picks in the first five rounds, it is worth noting they took Greene with their third round pick. Thomas Jones is getting up their in Running Back years and they must not feel Leon Washington is an every down back.
Glen Coffee, San Francisco 49ers – The Niners don’t have a lot of talent at RB behind Frank Gore. Adding Alabama’s Coffee changes that.
Mike Goodson, Carolina Panthers - With DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in front of him, Goodson has little value outside of Special Teams play.
Andre Brown, New York Giants – This is a luxury pick by the G-Men as they add the talented back in the fourth round. Brown can slide into Ahmad Bradshaw’s slot as Bradshaw moves up to replace Derrick Ward.
Gartrell Johnson, San Diego Chargers – Gives the Chargers some depth as LT is aging and Sproles may not be big enough to handle the full load.