NFL Draft Results: Two RBs Go In Top Ten

Never take a running back in the first round. That advice comes from the gold standard of NFL draft predictions, says Mel Kiper Jr.
This year, teams in the top 10 didn’t get the memo.
At No. 4, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Leonard Fournette out of LSU. Fournette, who was injury prone and missed some action last season, as well as fielded questions about his commitment to the team, was a minor surprise in the top five. Four picks later, though, the Panthers made Stanford running back Christian McCaffery the eight overall selection and the second running back in the top 10.
There haven’t been two running backs taken in the first round since 2005, when Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson, and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams went second, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
Effectivness varied between these backs, with Brown finding the most success as the engine behind Miami’s “Wildcat” offense under coach Tony Sparano.
In a pass-first league, it comes as a surprise to see two running backs taken this high. Another curiosity is that McCaffery is taken ahead of FSU’s Dalvin Cook and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon.
Cook and Mixon likely fell behind the Stanford product for reasons other than their football abilities.
With two other first round caliber running backs still available, will we see a remarkable number of running backs taken in the first round? Or will one, or both of the remaining backs slip into the second round?
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