This isn't a running back driven league anymore no matter what Rex says constantly.
With the penalties for
defenseless wide receiver
defensive pass interference
holding calls being historically low for offensive linemen in passing situations
roughing the QB
You have a MUCH higher percentage of gaining yards even if the wideout doesn't make a traditional play
How can a a one trick pony runningback that fell from the top 5 to the mid 1st help like that in anyway?
I think the whole ground and pound thing is foolish. You need to move the ball down field and be able score in a short period of time when you need to or fall behind in a game.
It really will come down to what Rex wants to be next year. Personally I dont think Richardson will get by Kansas City. Charles coming off major knee surgery, Jones is done and McCluster is a third down back.
If Richardson is there they should draft him. If we lose Plax put Turner in there, 6'5" could fill the redzone gap Plax leaves. Get a fast WR in the middle rounds. Kerley might become special, and Holmes is fine if he makes amends.
this is an interesting debate, but do people really think TR is going to be there at 16? even if teams don't need RBs and the value of the position has diminished, he's a draw for any franchise. he was a heisman trophy finalist. he's playing in the bcs championship. the guy is a draw. there are teams who would take him over an OG just for that reason.
I think the thought process is that rbs are falling down boards nowadays. Last year, Ingram was talked about going to the fins around 15 and fell till the late 20s. I am hoping Trich falls from 5 down to 16. Unlikely, but you never know nowadays with the rb position. A bad 40 time would help us.this is an interesting debate, but do people really think TR is going to be there at 16? even if teams don't need RBs and the value of the position has diminished, he's a draw for any franchise. he was a heisman trophy finalist. he's playing in the bcs championship. the guy is a draw. there are teams who would take him over an OG just for that reason.
Calvin has the size and speed to outperform Floyd at the position - of course. Wouldn't dream of challenging that. I own a DET calvin jersey. I get boners when he scores...
What I am saying is, that Floyd (and this the reason i love him so) is the same kind of WR as Calvin. Megatron's never been about circus catches, and out running the defense. He's been about his ability to come down with the ball (regardless of coverage/traffic), he's lauded for his HUGE catching radius, and working the entire field. That and generally sh*tting all over CBs. those are the traits that Floyd possesses and the way he plays. Exactly the same - only he's 6'3 about 10lbs lighter and not as fast... which is why he won't go #2, but instead #16
Last edited by Paradis; 01-09-2012 at 02:44 PM.
this is gonna sound obvious but it's very important to see this guy run.
if he runs 4.3 or 4.4 he's worth the pick. any slower than that he becomes a late 1/early 2 like Emmitt Smith (went to the same highschool)
it should also be noted that the days of Emmitt getting 30 carries a game are done. Most teams have 2 backs or more and most RBs don't last more than 5 years.
All this leads to RB probably not being the 1st round pick. Richardson is an upgrade over Greene but not as big an upgrade as Upshaw over Westerman/MacIntyre or Barron over Jim Leonard. In other words they have much bigger needs than RB.