For two straight years, no running back has been drafted in the first round.
And considering the success (or lack thereof) by first-round backs from the past five years, it’s easy to see why. While there have been a few moderate hits like Mark Ingram, there have been far more flat-out busts like Trent Richardson.
Of course, injuries have played a big role in preventing recent first-round backs from realizing their potential. Still, with the proliferation of passing offenses and the emphasis on paying premium prices for quarterbacks, wideouts and pass-catching tight ends, running backs simply aren’t worth first-round picks anymore.
Even in a year where the running back class is stacked, it’d be a major surprise to see more than one back sneak into the latter half of Round 1.
Let’s take a look at the first-round running backs from the past five years and see just how they stack up.