Sunday, June 8, 2014

NFL Running Backs and the NFL Draft.



NFL Running Back Data

I am planning several posts comparing the career performance of the first running back chosen in the NFL draft to the career performance of the second running back chosen in the NFL draft.     The objectives of these posts are to teach about the draft and to teach statistics.

Below is the raw career performance data on the first running back chosen in every NFL draft over the 1970 to 2002 time period.



First-Choice Running Back
Year
Running Back
Carries
Yards
Average
TDs
2002
William Green
568
2109
3.7
9
2001
LaDainian Tomlinson
3174
13684
4.3
145
2000
Jampal Lewis
2542
10607
4.2
58
1999
Edgerrin James
3028
12246
4
80
1998
Curtis Enis
456
1497
3.3
4
1997
Wawwick Dunn
2669
10967
4.1
49
1996
Lawrence Phillips
424
1453
3.4
14
1995
Ki-Jana Carter
319
1144
3.6
20
1994
Marshall Faulk
2836
12279
4.3
100
1993
Garrison Hearst
1831
7966
4.4
30
1992
Tommy Vardell
403
1427
3.5
18
1991
Leonard Russell
1164
3873
3.4
29
1990
Blair Thomas
533
2236
4.2
7
1989
Barry Sanders
3062
15269
5
99
1988
Gaston Green
551
2136
3.9
6
1987
Alonzoe Highsmith
283
1195
4.2
7
1986
Keith Byars
865
3109
3.6
23
1985
George Adams
257
886
3.4
3
1984
Greg Bell
1204
4959
4.1
51
1983
Eric Dicekrson
2996
13259
4.4
90
1982
Darrin Nelson
1020
4442
4.4
18
1981
George Rogers
1692
7176
4.2
54
1980
Billy Sims
1131
5106
4.5
42
1979
Otis Anderson
2562
10273
4
81
1978
Earl Campbell
2187
9407
4.3
74
1977
Ricky Bell
822
3063
3.7
16
1976
Chuck Muncie
1561
6702
4.3
71
1975
Walter Peyton
3838
16726
4.4
110
1974
Bo Mathews
424
1566
4
11
1973
Otis Armstrong
1023
4453
4
25
1972
Franco Harris
2949
12120
4.1
91
1971
John Riggings
2916
11352
4
104
1970
Larry Stegent
0
0
0
0




Below is the information for the second running back chosen in each draft


Second RB chosen
Year
Running Back
Carries
Yards
Average
TDs
2002
TJ Duckett
717
2814
3.9
44
2001
Deuce McAlister
1429
6096
4.3
49
2000
Thomas Jones
2678
10591
4
68
1999
Ricky Williams
2431
10009
4.1
66
1998
Fred Taylor
2534
11695
4.6
66
1997
Antowaxin Smith
1784
6881
3.9
54
1996
Tim Blakabutuka
611
2530
4.1
14
1995
Tyrone Wheatley
1270
4962
3.9
40
1994
Greg Hill
772
3218
4.2
12
1993
Jermome Bettis
3479
13662
3.9
91
1992
Tony Smith
87
329
3.8
2
1991
Harvey Williams
1021
3952
3.9
20
1990
Emmitt Smith
4409
18355
4.2
164
1989
Tim Worley
455
1792
3.9
8
1988
John Stephens
945
3440
3.6
18
1987
Brent Fullwood
433
1702
3.9
18
1986
John L. Williams
1245
5006
4
18
1985
Steven Sewell
229
917
4
13
1984
Herman Heard
651
2694
4.1
13
1983
Curt Warner
1698
6844
4
56
1982
Gerald Riggs
1989
8188
4.1
69
1981
Freeman McNeil
1798
8074
4.5
38
1980
Curtis Dickey
937
4019
4.2
32
1979
Charles Alexander
748
2645
3.5
13
1978
Terry Miller
391
1583
4
8
1977
Tony Dorsett
2936
12739
4.3
77
1976
Joe Washington
1195
4839
4
12
1975
Don Hardeman
397
1460
3.7
11
1974
Wilbur Jackson
971
3852
4
13
1973
Sam Cummingham
1385
5453
3.9
43
1972
Jeff Kinney
353
1285
3.6
5
1971
Joe Profit
133
471
3.5
3
1970
Bobby Anderson
314
1282
4.1
9



Analytical posts will follow.

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