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     The amount of outstanding backs that came out of that 08 draft is staggering. Here are the real deals and steals of 2008...............

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1)  Chris Johnson Tenn.      609  carries     3,234  yards      5.3  avg.

2)  Matt Forte   Chi.            574  carries      2,167  yards      3.8  avg  (948 yards receiving) 

Matt doesn't have a good average but is a workhorse who is effective in receiving.

3)  Jon Stewart  Car.         405   carries      1,969  yards      4.9 avg.

4)  Ray Rice  Balt.              361   carries      1,793  yards       5.0 avg.

5)  Jamaal Charles KC       257   carries      1,477   yards      5.7 avg.

6)  R. Mendenhall  Pitt.      261   carries       1,166  yards      4.5 avg.

7)  Felix Jones  Dallas         146  carries          951 yards        6.5 avg.

Felix Jones also had 217 yards rushing on 30 carries in two playoff games in 09.

8) Tashard Choice Dallas    156  carries           821  yards       5.3 avg.

9) Steve Slaton Hou.           399 carries        1,719  yards       4.3 avg.

Slaton had a great rookie year but his fumbling and a poor subpar second season leave his potential a question mark to Texan fans. Slaton is an excellent receiver with 794 yards in just two seasons.

Its incredible that the best of the lot was supposed to be DMac Darren McFadden who has proven he may be at the bottom of the list?

 D. McFadden  Oak.             217  carries           856   yards      3.9 avg.                                

When you consider the mark of an outstanding back is around 4.4 to 4.5 per carry, these backs drafted in 08 might prove to be the best running back draft in history.

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