Saturday, April 8, 2017

Average NFL starting running back draft position in 2017.

So I like to follow the NFL draft throughout the year and I decided that since this year's running back class is supposed to be pretty decent with multiple running backs going in the first couple of rounds, I decided to figure out where the average starting running back in the NFL in 2017 was drafted. I took into account teams that will most likely be using a "running backs by committee" system and averaged the two draft positions. For undrafted running backs I made them the final pick in the 7th round which most likely understates the true value for when they were taken and the final score is most likely low.


Bears: Jordan Howard Round 5/Pick 150

Packers: Ty Montgomery Round 3/Pick 94

Lions: Theo Riddick/Ameer Abdullah Round 4/Pick 126 Avg.

Vikings: Latavius Murray Round 6/Pick 181

Eagles: Ryan Matthews/Darren Sproles Round 3/Pick 71 Avg.

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot Round 1/Pick 4

Redskins: Rob Kelley Undrafted

Giants: Paul Perkins Round 5/Pick 149

Falcons: Devonta Freeman Round 4/Pick 103

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart Round 1/Pick 13

Saints: Mark Ingram Round 1/Pick 28

Bucs: Doug Martin Round 1/Pick 31

49ers: Carlos Hyde Round2/Pick 57

Seahawks: Thomas Rawls Undrafted

Cardinals: David Johnson Round 3/Pick 86

Rams: Todd Gurley Round 1/Pick 10


Ravens: Terrance West/Kenneth Dixon Round 4/Pick 114 Avg.

Browns: Isiah Crowell Undrafted

Steelers: Le’Veon Bell Second Round/Pick 48

Bengals: Jeremy Hill/Giovani Bernard Round 2/Pick 46

Texans: Lamar Miller Round 4/Pick 97

Colts: Frank Gore Round 3/Pick 65

Jags: Chris Ivory/TJ Yeldon Round 4/Pick 145 Avg.

Titans: Demarco Murray Round 3/Pick 71

Fins: Jay Ajayi Round 5/Pick 149

Bills: LeSean McCoy Round 2/Pick 53

Pats: LeGarette Blount/Dion Lewis/James White Round 6/Pick 177 Avg.

Jets: Matt Forte Round 2/Pick 44

Broncos: DeVontae Booker/CJ Anderson Round 6/Pick 195 Avg.

Chiefs: Spencer Ware/Charcandrick West Round 7/Pick 223 Avg.

Chargers: Melvin Gordon Round 1/Pick 15

Raiders: Marshawn Lynch Round 1/Pick 12

So when these are all averaged out, the average starting NFL running back is taken in the 4th round with the 103rd pick. I don't think that this proves running backs should not be taken in early rounds, but it might show that there is value in taking backs later in the draft.

Submitted April 08, 2017 at 03:13AM by QuincyPondexter
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