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Bad Time to Be a Running Back

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Like most NFL mock drafts, the one produced by Pro Football Weekly consistently lists Alabama’s Mark Ingram as the top running back. An earlier version this month had him pegged to go 28th overall to the New England Patriots.

If that happens, it’ll be the lowest the first running back was selected since 1963, when Don Lisbon, then dubbed a “halfback” out of Bowling Green was picked 36th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. That was in the third round of the then 14-team league. There are other 2011 mock drafts that have Ingram dropping into Round 2, meaning no rushers would be deemed first-round material.

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