NFL Draft: Second- and third-round running backs since 2006

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: April 26, 2011
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A closer look at running backs taken in the 2nd and 3rd rounds since 2006

STARS

Name;School;NFL team;Year;Pick


Maurice Jones-Drew;UCLA;Jacksonville;2006;No. 60

Developed into a two-time Pro Bowl running back despite his lack of height. He's coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Ray Rice;Rutgers;Baltimore;2008;No. 55

In the past two seasons Rice has become one of the NFL's top runners. He's accounted for more than 1,700 yards in back-to-back seasons for the Ravens.

Jamaal Charles;Texas;Kansas City;2008;No. 73

Many questioned if he could handle the load as a feature back in the NFL, Charles has proved he can with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

STARTERS

Matt Forte;Tulane;Chicago;2008;No. 44

Has become a very solid NFL running back with 3,236 rushing yards and 1,495 receiving yards in 48 games.

LeSean McCoy;Pittsburgh;Philadelphia;2009;No. 53

Showed flashes as a rookie then carried the load in 2010, rushing for 1,080 yards and catching 78 passes for 592 yards.

CONTRIBUTORS

Shonn Greene;Iowa;N.Y. Jets;2009;No. 65

Has become a solid running back, rushing for 1,306 yards in 29 NFL games.

Steve Slaton;West Virginia;Houston;2008;No. 89

Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards as a rookie but has not rushed for more than 437 in the past two seasons.

LenDale White;USC;Tennessee;2006;No. 45

Had two solid seasons with the Titans. Signed with Denver last summer but missed the 2010 season after suffering a torn Achilles before the regular season began.

Jerious Norwood;Mississippi State;Atlanta;2006;No. 79

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