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Swapping picks, but not veterans, among 2008 draft trends

It was the draft to be an offensive tackle. It was not the draft to be an unhappy veteran star wishing for a new home. These were among the trends of this weekend's draft, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: April 28, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Despite the proliferation of two-back rotations, NFL running games have been stumbling of late.

In 2005, the average NFL game had 224.9 yards rushing, an 8.3-yard drop from the previous season. The average increased to a respectable 234.6 yards in 2006 before decreasing to 221.8 yards in 2007. So it will be interesting to see whether this year's draft creates a positive spike on the ground.

Twenty-seven running backs were drafted Saturday ...

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