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NFL Draft: First-round running backs since 2006

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Published: April 26, 2011

A closer look at first-round running backs taken in the NFL Draft since 2006


Name;School;NFL team;Year;Pick

Adrian Peterson;OU;Minnesota;2007;No. 7

Arguably the best running back in the league, Peterson has rushed for at least 1,298 yards in each of his four seasons in the NFL. The four-time Pro Bowler is one of the league's brightest stars.

Chris Johnson;East Carolina;Tennessee;2008;No. 24

One of the most explosive players in the league, Johnson is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has rushed for 4,598 yards in three NFL seasons.


DeAngelo Williams;Memphis;Carolina;2006;No. 27

Now a free agent, Williams has been a key member of the Panthers' attack alongside Jonathan Stewart. Has two 1,000-yard seasons and one Pro Bowl appearance during his five-year career.

Rashard Mendenhall;Illinois;Pittsburgh;2008;No. 23

Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Mendenhall is quickly becoming one of the top running backs in the NFL.

Reggie Bush;USC;New Orleans;2006;No. 2

A core member of the Saints' offensive attack, Bush can be electric at times and inconsistent at times. Injury struggles have hindered him throughout much of his career.

Joseph Addai;LSU;Indianapolis;2007;No. 30

A solid running back who has struggled with injuries after beginning his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Darren McFadden;Arkansas;Oakland;2008;No. 4

Struggled during his first two NFL seasons but rushed for 1,157 yards in 2010.

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