The NEW Elite RB1

Over recent years, the NFL has been putting a premium on running backs that can catch. That was no more apparent than this past NFL draft when the Kansas City Chiefs shocked everyone by selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire over players like Jonathan Taylor and Cam Akers. The simple reason is that the back who can do everything on the field is a mismatch for defenses. And we are seeing it with the truly elite running backs in the NFL. Below are the past 10 RB1's. Notice how over the past 5 years, the backs that finished first had very impressive Target Shares in college. Their Target Shares all rank in the 80th percentile or better.

RB1 FINISHES (2016-2020)

2020 — Alvin Kamara
College Target % = 14%

2019 — Christian McCaffrey
College Target % = 16.7%

2018 — Saquon Barkley
College Target % = 14.8%

2017 — Todd Gurley
College Target % = 11%

2016 — David Johnson
College Target % = 14.4%

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RB1 FINISHES (2011-2015)

2015 — Devonta Freeman
College Target % = 6%

2014 — Le'Veon Bell
College Target % = 10.8%

2013 — Jamaal Charles
College Target % = 8.2%

2012 — Adrian Peterson
College Target % = 6.7%

2011 — Ray Rice
College Target % = 8.7%

These are the types of trends I like to look at when I start to scout the incoming rookies. I'm looking at you Najee Harris (13.4%) 👀

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