2013 NFL Draft Poll: How high will the first RB be drafted?

The days of running backs going at or near the top of the NFL Draft have passed. Instead of being the rule, Trent Richardson being selected third overall by the Browns last year was the exception.

In the past five drafts (2008 to 2012), there have been a total of 15 running backs selected in the first round. Only three of those 15 players were selected in the top 10: Richardson (2012), C.J. Spiller (2010) and Darren McFadden (2008).

Draft Pick for First RB?
The first RB off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft will be selected with what pick?

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Round 2 or later


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Only six of those 15 first-round running backs in the past five drafts have been selected in the top half of the first round. In other words, 60 percent have been selected in the bottom half of the first round.

This year, most draft analysts expect Alabama running back Eddie Lacy to be the first running back selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. (So do I as he is the highest-ranked running back in my prospect rankings.)

In addition, I have Lacy going to the Packers in the first round of the draft at pick No. 26 in my recently updated mock draft.

Here's what I wrote in my mock:

The Packers have used a number of different runners as their lead back last season: Cedric Benson, Alex Green, James Starks, Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris. With some of the players (Eifert and Fluker) I've slotted to the Packers off the board, the Packers go with the top running back in this year's draft class.

Although he split time with super freshman T.J. Yeldon to give the team two 1,000-yard rushers, Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards with an average of 6.5 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns. Lacy, the first back off the board in my mock, has excellent size (5-10 and 220 pounds) to run over defenders as well as moves to make would-be tacklers miss.

Will Lacy go higher than this? Lower than this? How high will Lacy (or the first running back selected) be drafted?

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