Running backs: Meet the Wallflowers of the NFL Draft

The drop in draft position isn’t just a fluke based on years of weak running-back classes. Teams are reacting to the fact that running backs’ typical NFL lifespan is only 2.57 years, shorter than any other position, according to the NFL Players Association. That’s about half the length of the typical five-year rookie contract.

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4/24/10