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Sizing Up the Running Backs
David Dorey
July 5, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends
# Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 SD LaDainian Tomlinson 5'10" 221 28 6
2 KC Larry Johnson 6'1" 230 28 4
3 STL Steven Jackson 6'2" 231 24 3
4 SF Frank Gore 5'9" 215 24 2
5 PIT Willie Parker 5'10" 209 27 3
6 PHI Brian Westbrook 5'8" 203 28 5
7 JAX Maurice Jones-Drew 5'7" 212 22 1
8 CIN Rudi Johnson 5'10" 225 28 6
9 WAS Ladell Betts 5'10" 223 28 5
10 IND Joseph Addai 5'11" 214 24 1
    Average Top 10 5'10" 218 26 4

Height - This was a year of change. The average height remained around 5'10" but that was balanced out by the tall Steven Jackson and the short Maurice Jones. While there is a standard height, the top runners have never had so much variation.

Weight - The average is 218 again this year and all those light weight college players take notice - not one was less than 203 pounds and Westbrook is always an exception anyway. The very best runners need some bulk to get through attempted tackles but not so much that it affects their speed.

Age/Experience : This is the youngest group of top ten runners for many years. While in many years there was one rookie that made the top ten, 2006 saw both Addai and Jones-Drew land as a top back by the end of the season. What should be interesting to track, there were no top ten backs older than 28 and yet five of them are 28. Unless 1979 was a freakishly good year to give birth to a running back, there is going to be some dropping off coming in the next year or two.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.07 MIN Adrian Peterson 6'2" 218 22
1.12 BUF Marshawn Lynch 5'11" 217 21
2.17 CIN Kenny Irons 5'11" 203 24
2.18 TEN Chris Henry 6'0" 228 22
2.20 STL Brian Leonard 6'2" 235 23
2.31 GB Brandon Jackson 5'11" 210 22
3.07 MIA Lorenzo Booker 5'11" 195 23
3.27 PHI Tony Hunt 6'2" 230 22
3.30 CHI Garrett Wolfe 5'7" 177 23
4.01 OAK Michael Bush 6'2" 247 23
4.08 NO Antonio Pittman 5'11" 195 22

Rookies: This is another down year for running backs since only two are considered likely to have much playing time this year (Peterson and Lynch). Both weigh right around the average for the position though Peterson has more height. Overall, this is a taller group than the top runners in the NFL were last year and only one was less than 5'11 - Garrett Wolfe who is expected to play more of a third down role because he is so light. It is a favorable sign that the runners are bigger since in previous years the draft contained mostly sub-200 pound runners and they mostly had problems with being large enough to take a primary role.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARZ Edgerrin James 6'0" 220 29 8 MIA Ronnie Brown 6'0" 232 26 2
ATL Warrick Dunn 5'9" 180 32 10 MIN Adrian Peterson 6'2" 218 22 0
ATL Jerious Norwood 5'11" 204 24 1 MIN Chester Taylor 5'11" 213 28 5
BAL Willis McGahee 6'0" 228 26 3 NE Laurence Maroney 5'11" 220 22 1
BUF Marshawn Lynch 5'11" 217 21 0 NO Reggie Bush 6'0" 203 22 1
CAR DeShaun Foster 6'0" 222 27 5 NO Deuce McAllister 6'1" 232 29 6
CAR DeAngelo Williams 5'9" 217 24 1 NYG Reuben Droughns 5'11" 220 29 7
CHI Cedric Benson 5'11" 220 25 2 NYG Brandon Jacobs 6'4" 264 25 2
CIN Rudi Johnson 5'10" 225 28 6 NYJ Thomas Jones 5'10" 220 29 7
CLE Jamal Lewis 5'11" 245 28 7 NYJ Leon Washington 5'8" 202 25 1
DAL Marion Barber III 6'0" 220 24 2 OAK LaMont Jordan 5'10" 230 29 6
DAL Julius Jones 5'10" 211 26 3 OAK Dominic Rhodes 5'9" 203 28 6
DEN Travis Henry 5'9" 215 29 6 PHI Brian Westbrook 5'8" 203 28 5
DET Tatum Bell 5'11" 213 26 3 PIT Willie Parker 5'10" 209 27 3
DET Kevin Jones 5'11" 221 25 3 SD LaDainian Tomlinson 5'10" 221 28 6
GB Brandon Jackson 5'11" 210 22 0 SEA Shaun Alexander 5'11" 225 30 7
GB Vernand Morency 5'9" 212 27 2 SF Frank Gore 5'9" 215 24 2
HOU Ahman Green 6'0" 218 30 9 STL Steven Jackson 6'2" 231 24 3
IND Joseph Addai 5'11" 214 24 1 TB Carnell Williams 5'11" 217 25 2
JAX Maurice Jones-Drew 5'7" 212 22 1 TEN Chris Brown 6'3" 220 26 5
JAX Fred Taylor 6'1" 226 31 9 TEN LenDale White 6'1" 240 23 1
KC Michael Bennett 5'9" 207 29 6 WAS Ladell Betts 5'10" 223 28 5
KC Larry Johnson 6'1" 230 28 4 WAS Clinton Portis 5'11" 205 26 5

Height Weight Age Experience
Brandon Jacobs 6'4" Brandon Jacobs 264 Warrick Dunn 32 Warrick Dunn 10
Chris Brown 6'3" Jamal Lewis 245 Fred Taylor 31 Ahman Green 9
Adrian Peterson 6'2" LenDale White 240 Ahman Green 30 Fred Taylor 9
Steven Jackson 6'2" Ronnie Brown 232 Shaun Alexander 30 Edgerrin James 8
Fred Taylor 6'1" Deuce McAllister 232 Edgerrin James 29 Jamal Lewis 7
Larry Johnson 6'1" Steven Jackson 231 Travis Henry 29 Reuben Droughns 7
Deuce McAllister 6'1" Larry Johnson 230 Michael Bennett 29 Thomas Jones 7
LenDale White 6'1" LaMont Jordan 230 Deuce McAllister 29 Shaun Alexander 7
Edgerrin James 6'0" Willis McGahee 228 Reuben Droughns 29 Rudi Johnson 6
Willis McGahee 6'0" Fred Taylor 226 Thomas Jones 29 Travis Henry 6
DeShaun Foster 6'0" Rudi Johnson 225 LaMont Jordan 29 Michael Bennett 6
Marion Barber III 6'0" Shaun Alexander 225 Rudi Johnson 28 Deuce McAllister 6
Ahman Green 6'0" Ladell Betts 223 Jamal Lewis 28 LaMont Jordan 6
Ronnie Brown 6'0" DeShaun Foster 222 Larry Johnson 28 Dominic Rhodes 6
Reggie Bush 6'0" Kevin Jones 221 Chester Taylor 28 LaDainian Tomlinson 6
Warrick Dunn 5'9" LaDainian Tomlinson 221 Dominic Rhodes 28 DeShaun Foster 5
DeAngelo Williams 5'9" Edgerrin James 220 Brian Westbrook 28 Chester Taylor 5
Travis Henry 5'9" Cedric Benson 220 LaDainian Tomlinson 28 Brian Westbrook 5
Vernand Morency 5'9" Marion Barber III 220 Ladell Betts 28 Chris Brown 5
Michael Bennett 5'9" Laurence Maroney 220 DeShaun Foster 27 Ladell Betts 5
Dominic Rhodes 5'9" Reuben Droughns 220 Vernand Morency 27 Clinton Portis 5
Frank Gore 5'9" Thomas Jones 220 Willie Parker 27 Larry Johnson 4
Leon Washington 5'8" Chris Brown 220 Willis McGahee 26 Willis McGahee 3
Brian Westbrook 5'8" Ahman Green 218 Julius Jones 26 Julius Jones 3
Maurice Jones-Drew 5'7" Adrian Peterson 218 Tatum Bell 26 Tatum Bell 3
Jerious Norwood 5'11" Marshawn Lynch 217 Ronnie Brown 26 Kevin Jones 3
Marshawn Lynch 5'11" DeAngelo Williams 217 Chris Brown 26 Willie Parker 3
Cedric Benson 5'11" Carnell Williams 217 Clinton Portis 26 Steven Jackson 3
Jamal Lewis 5'11" Travis Henry 215 Cedric Benson 25 Cedric Benson 2
Tatum Bell 5'11" Frank Gore 215 Kevin Jones 25 Marion Barber III 2
Kevin Jones 5'11" Joseph Addai 214 Brandon Jacobs 25 Vernand Morency 2
Brandon Jackson 5'11" Tatum Bell 213 Leon Washington 25 Ronnie Brown 2
Joseph Addai 5'11" Chester Taylor 213 Carnell Williams 25 Brandon Jacobs 2
Chester Taylor 5'11" Vernand Morency 212 Jerious Norwood 24 Frank Gore 2
Laurence Maroney 5'11" Maurice Jones-Drew 212 DeAngelo Williams 24 Carnell Williams 2
Reuben Droughns 5'11" Julius Jones 211 Marion Barber III 24 Jerious Norwood 1
Shaun Alexander 5'11" Brandon Jackson 210 Joseph Addai 24 DeAngelo Williams 1
Carnell Williams 5'11" Willie Parker 209 Frank Gore 24 Joseph Addai 1
Clinton Portis 5'11" Michael Bennett 207 Steven Jackson 24 Maurice Jones-Drew 1
Rudi Johnson 5'10" Clinton Portis 205 LenDale White 23 Laurence Maroney 1
Julius Jones 5'10" Jerious Norwood 204 Brandon Jackson 22 Reggie Bush 1
Thomas Jones 5'10" Reggie Bush 203 Maurice Jones-Drew 22 Leon Washington 1
LaMont Jordan 5'10" Dominic Rhodes 203 Adrian Peterson 22 LenDale White 1
Willie Parker 5'10" Brian Westbrook 203 Laurence Maroney 22 Marshawn Lynch 0
LaDainian Tomlinson 5'10" Leon Washington 202 Reggie Bush 22 Brandon Jackson 0
Ladell Betts 5'10" Warrick Dunn 180 Marshawn Lynch 21 Adrian Peterson 0

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