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Rookie running backs have chance to be successful

With several rookie running backs set to see playing time in 2008, Football Outsiders examines what this draft class needs to accomplish to rank among the league's all-time greats, writes Aaron Schatz.

Originally Published: July 10, 2008
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a two-segment look at running back draft classes. For Part 2, click here.

The 2008 season is shaping up to be a great year for rookie running backs. Three backs go into training camp looking like probable starters: Darren McFadden, Matt Forte and Kevin Smith. Jonathan Stewart may start as well in Carolina, and there will be three other first-round backs starting the season as part of a committee. That doesn't even count the later-round backs who may end ...

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