Week 16: RB Roundup
DeMarco Murray has done everything he's been asked to do this season. At his current pace Murray will finish the year with over 1,100 yards, nine touchdowns, 50+ receptions and more than 300 yards receiving. With numbers like these, he's a sure top 12 running back in 2014.
New York Giants
To say the Giants backfield has been a mess this season would be an understatement. From injuries to fumbles to inconsistent play, no back on this team has been reliable enough to start. In 2014 New York's backfield could look a lot different. Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis are all free agents at the end of this season and second year man David Wilson was placed on IR due to a neck injury and may never play football again. At this time there's no telling who will be the starting back for the Giants next season. The right off season signing could yield a top 12 back. On the other hand, some mediocre signings could land us back in the same boat we're in this year.
When healthy, LeSean McCoy is a top five running back in the NFL. This year we all saw what a healthy McCoy could do on the field. McCoy should be one of the first five backs drafted next season.
Lead back Alfred Morris is on pace for nearly 1,300 yards this season. Even with lackluster play at the quarterback position, Morris was able to post quality numbers on the season. There is little reason to believe Morris won't rush for 1,000 yards again in 2014. The second year man out of Florida Atlantic should be a top 12 running back selection next year.
With two games remaining, Forte has a chance to reach 2,000 all purpose yards on the season. The sixth year man out of Tulane needs just 288 yards to reach that 2,000 yard plateau. Forte should be one of the first five players selected in 2014.
At his current pace, Reggie Bush should finish the season with over 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. This makes Bush a solid top 12 running back for the 2014 draft.
Green Bay Packers
The rookie out of Alabama has performed well for the Packers this season. With over 1,028 rushing yards in just 14 games, he is currently ranked seventh in the league. A solid performance in the final two games of the regular season would put Lacy in position to be a top 12 running back selection next year.
Do we need to say anything more than Adrian Peterson is a beast? The guy is a stud and should be one of the top three picks in next year's draft.