In today’s pass happy NFL the running back position has never been more disposable. With that said, a running game helps to elevate the passing game by making defenses stay honest and play to the threat of the tail back breaking a big run on them. The Packers found themselves a solid running back last April when they drafted Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, now the 2013-14 offensive rookie of the year.
It has been documented, however, that the average running back does not have a lengthy lifespan in the NFL. This is due to a number of factors, from age, to injury, to skill. So, why not take a look at the top running back prospects coming into this year’s NFL draft? We know that the Packers will be looking to shore up other positions before sniffing any of them, with two young up and coming ball carriers in Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, but as Packer fans are all too familiar, you can never be too deep at any one position. So, of the running back prospects coming into the draft, should the Packers consider drafting one? If they do, it’s safe to assume it won’t be in the first three rounds. Tre Mason, Carlos Hyde, and Jeremy Hill won’t be in a Packers uniform next season, but if Ted Thompson, Mark Murphy, and Mike McCarthy truly are employing the “take the best player on the board” philosophy, one of our lower rated running backs may just end up in the green and gold. Check out our top 10 running back prospects here.