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Football Draft Kit: Running Back Renaissance?

Jerry Donabedian

Donabedian is an Assistant Football Editor at RotoWire. He writes and edits articles and covers breaking news. A Baltimore native, Donabedian roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.

This time last year, Antonio Brown was widely touted as the smart No. 1 overall pick, followed by Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones as the most popular choices at the second and third spots. The rest of the opening round usually included four or five running backs from the group of Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller and Ezekiel Elliott, but wide receivers tended to dominate the second and third rounds. A typical draft saw about 15 receivers taken within the first 30 picks, while expert drafts often had closer to 20 come off the board.

The rush for top wideouts certainly made sense, especially in PPR leagues, as the year before nine receivers totaled at least 80 catches, 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns, with Julio Jones becoming ...

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