You can nitpick many Kansas City Chiefs for their performance. But Jamaal Charles isn’t one of them.
Sir Charles had a truly amazing season last year, but he’s been a true playmaker ever since he got into the NFL. Charles has averaged 5.6 yards a carry for his career. That’s tied for seventh all-time as it stands right now and Charles is the only true running back in the top ten.
Charles was pretty much a steal for the Chiefs as well. He was the 73rd pick in the third round of the 2008 draft. Considering Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, and Chris Johnson were all first round picks that year, I’d say the Chiefs got the better player two rounds later.
Now there are other running backs who were definitely in consideration here. Larry Johnson and Christian Okoye can make some arguments, but personally, I’d still take Charles. Consider this: Johnson is the second leading rusher in Chiefs history with 6,015 yards. He accomplished that in 1,375 attempts.
Charles is third all-time with 5,823 yards, but he got there on 1,043 attempts. So he only has 192 yards behind Johnson and has carried the ball 332 less times. Charles could average two yards a carry over the next 332 touches and still pass Johnson.
When it’s all over, Charles will be the all-time leading rusher in Chiefs history. The man is only 248 yards away from that. He’s got some work to do to catch up with touchdown franchise leader Priest Holmes (not a Chiefs draft pick), since Charles has 29 touchdowns while Holmes had 76.
But even if he doesn’t catch Holmes, it won’t matter. He’ll still be the greatest running back draft pick Kansas City has ever made.
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