The running back position has seen its value on draft day questioned over the last several years. With RBBC becoming the mainstream trend in the NFL, the days of the highly valued feature back seem to be reserved for a select few (see Adrian Peterson, Vikings.)
That said, there’s no denying the value that an elite running back can have for an offense.
James Wilder, Jr. enters the 2013 college football season as a player on the rise. His carries went from 35 in 2011 to 165 last year, with his YPC seeing a similar jump (4.6 in ’11 to 5.8 in ’12). This year, Wilder is expected to share the running back duties with talented teammate Devonta Freeman, but I expect #32 to ultimately be the impact player in the Florida State running game. Continue reading