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Okie_Apparition
04-12-2012, 07:11 PM
Selecting a running back in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft could be an appealing option for Kansas City
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Provided Jamaal Charles remains on pace for a healthy return, the Chiefs rushing attack should feature a potent one-two punch with the addition of Peyton Hillis this offseason.

Dexter McCluster should also be in line for his fair share of touches out of the backfield, though it remains to be seen whether new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will continue to feature the versatile player exclusively at running back. McCluster often aligned out of the slot as a rookie before transitioning into a full-time running back last season.

But even with Charles, Hillis and McCluster in the fold, Kansas City has room to address the position in this year’s draft.

The key to Kansas City’s running game remains the health of Charles’ rehabilitated left knee. Charles is on pace to make a full return by training camp, but the ultimate test won’t occur until he takes the field and participates in full football activities – explosive bursts, cutting and, of course, contact.

By the time Kansas City opens camp, 10 months will have passed since Charles tore his left ACL.

With that said, the NFL offers a mixed bag when it comes to running backs and ACL rehabilitation. Technology has advanced both treatment and recovery, but each individual situation remains unique.

Former Ravens and Browns RB Jamal Lewis is one of the NFL’s most notable ACL success stories.

After tearing his knee in 2001, Lewis bounced back to rush for 1,327 yards (4.3 avg.) the next season. Then, in 2003, Lewis led the NFL with 2,066 rushing yards (5.3 avg.) and added 14 TDs.

For most backs, however, a full return takes a more time.

Edgerrin James tore his ACL in 2001 after rushing for more than 1,500 yards each of his first two NFL seasons. He failed to break the 1,000-yard barrier in 2002 and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry. James then rattled off five consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns from 2003-07.

Some call this the “two-year” rule as many running backs seem to need at least one full season before they return to pre-injury form.

Unfortunately, some running backs never rebound after suffering a significant knee injury.

Former No. 1 overall pick Ki-Jana Carter is a poster boy for an ACL tear derailing a promising career. Carter tore his ACL during the 1995 preseason and averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in 1996. He’d never rush for more than 500 yards in a single season at the NFL level.

Carter obviously didn’t benefit from today’s medical advancements either.

One thing Charles has working for him is his age. He’s just 25 years old. Younger players have historically bounced back quicker than their veteran counterparts.

Charles also has a three-month head start on the recovery process in comparison to Adrian Peterson of Minnesota and Rashard Mendenhall of Pittsburgh. Each suffered knee tears late last season.

Regardless, Charles’ recovery leaves the door open for the Chiefs to add another running back to the mix. Perhaps in the middle rounds of the draft.

"I think it's another solid class," GM Scott Pioli said of this year’s running backs class at the NFL Combine. "There are a number of underclassmen making it another solid class of running backs. I think overall, the entire draft, it's a really solid class all along."

Kansas City carried four running backs and a fullback on its 53-man roster last season. While the team’s fullback approach remains intriguing (we recently discussed possible approaches here), the need for a situational back that can also play special teams is present.

Jackie Battle served in that capacity as a short-yardage back and core-four special teamer before injuries called for an increased role last season. But even when Battle began receiving double-digit carries he continued to cover kicks.

Charles isn’t going to play special teams and neither is Hillis. McCluster won’t factor on special teams beyond his role as a return man. If the Chiefs target a running back in this year’s draft, that player will need to contribute on special teams.

Plus, Hillis is only on a one-year deal.

Shaun Draughn, who was promoted from the practice squad Week 17 last season, will get an opportunity to compete for a reserve job. The Chiefs also previously indicated they’d like to re-sign Battle, though he remains an unrestricted free agent and took a visit to San Diego last month.

Assuming the Chiefs don’t select Alabama’s Trent Richardson in the first round and Doug Martin’s rising stock also puts him out of reach, here are some of the intriguing mid-round backs that could fit.

Chris Polk | 5'10” | 224 pounds | Washington
Huskies workhorse is strong, can catch and protects the football. Could go off the board as early as the 2nd round.

Vick Ballard | 5'10” | 217 pounds | Mississippi State
Between the tackles runner is a player many believe will translate well into the pro game. Rushed for 29 TDs in two seasons with the Bulldogs.

Terrance Ganaway | 5'11” | 241 pounds | Baylor
They say he runs like a bull in a china shop, which suits the role Battle played in KC last season.

Cyrus Gray | 5'10” | 198 pounds | Texas A&M
Known as a leader and is a versatile all-purpose back. Split carries with Christine Michael for the Aggies and could be a nice complimentary player in the NFL.

Robert Turbin | 5'10” | 215 pounds | Utah State
One of two Utah State RBs likely to get drafted this year. Productive when healthy. Built like a player who can also contribute on special teams.

Isaiah Pead | 5'9” | 193 pounds | Cincinnati
Senior Bowl MVP could be a good fit if the Chiefs give McCluster increased looks at wide receiver. Can also serve as a return man.

SNR
04-12-2012, 07:14 PM
What is Looney talking about with Martin? Teams aren't actually considering taking him in the top 10 are they?

Okie_Apparition
04-12-2012, 07:21 PM
Chiefs | Doug Martin visits
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:23:55 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs have met with Boise State RB Doug Martin.

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buddha
04-13-2012, 03:32 PM
Could it even be possible that Trent Richardson could be there at 11?

Ah...the possibilities?

whoman69
04-13-2012, 07:50 PM
Could it even be possible that Trent Richardson could be there at 11?

Ah...the possibilities?

Nope

ChiefMojo
04-13-2012, 08:06 PM
My guess is the Chiefs are possibly hoping Martin falls to them in the 2nd round.

O.city
04-13-2012, 08:10 PM
Martin would be a great get in the second.

milkman
04-14-2012, 10:15 AM
Any of the 4th or 5th round guys would be good with me.

the Talking Can
04-14-2012, 10:38 AM
hillis is a 1 yr deal, i'm cool with picking up a rb

Frosty
04-14-2012, 10:49 AM
I've read that Polk has been dropping, possibly into the 4th. He would be a nice pick up there.

O.city
04-14-2012, 09:17 PM
Isiah Pead in the 6th?

Saccopoo
04-15-2012, 12:45 AM
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O.city
04-17-2012, 08:19 PM
I'm starting to really like what I read about Turbin. I like Pead alot too, as he brings some return skills as well.


Would you guys be upset if we grabbed Doug Martin if he was around in the second when we pick?

Urc Burry
04-17-2012, 08:30 PM
I would not complain one bit about Martin the 2nd. After him it is a big dropoff for me.

DTLB58
04-17-2012, 09:28 PM
Chiefs | Doug Martin visits
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:23:55 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs have met with Boise State RB Doug Martin.

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Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/NFL?page=1#ixzz1rsK6acDO

Unless Dr.'s are telling Chiefs JC isn't going to be ready and then this is still way early and Hillis has carried the load before....a RB with this team's roster in the 2nd rd I think is a wasted pick.

Okie_Apparition
04-17-2012, 10:13 PM
I think your swell
Yours, Shane

Chiefshrink
04-18-2012, 09:38 AM
My guess is the Chiefs are possibly hoping Martin falls to them in the 2nd round.

No way. His stock will be late 1st and I can see the donkeys taking him among other teams. If falls to the 2nd at our pick we would be insane not to take him.

Direckshun
04-18-2012, 11:06 AM
http://p.twimg.com/AmmoqGACIAIC3xm.jpg

wood

suds79
04-18-2012, 11:35 AM
Not sure you can call this guy a sleeper because you keep hearing more & more about him. Have heard McShay pimp him.

Has some moves & seed for a bigger back.

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Direckshun
04-18-2012, 12:08 PM
Yeah he looks a little like a gorilla out in open space. Not the most fluid athlete.

But I love how compact he runs. He's like a beefed up BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

milkman
04-18-2012, 02:07 PM
Not sure you can call this guy a sleeper because you keep hearing more & more about him. Have heard McShay pimp him.

Has some moves & seed for a bigger back.

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So. you're saying we should keep an eye out for his offspring in 20 or so years?

dilligaf
04-18-2012, 03:23 PM
Being a BSU fan I would love to see Martin as a Chief.

Okie_Apparition
04-18-2012, 11:41 PM
Since Hillis is suppose to replace McClain, Jones & Battle
I hope his statue stands next to Lamar's

BryanBusby
04-18-2012, 11:45 PM
Being a BSU fan I would love to see Martin as a Chief.

Would be cool with that, but I'd guess he will go off the board to the Buccaneers in the 2nd unless they land Richardson in the first.

DaKCMan AP
04-18-2012, 11:49 PM
I like Vick Ballard or Tauren Poole late.

Nightfyre
04-19-2012, 07:53 AM
I like Vick Ballard or Tauren Poole late.

This plus Terrance Ganaway. He may not have the measurables, but that dude can run.

suds79
04-19-2012, 08:00 AM
Why is there no talk of Lamar Miller? Is he not expected to be around by our 2nd pick because of that 40 time he turned in at the combine?

buddha
04-19-2012, 10:21 AM
Turbin is impressive. I'd love to see him in a Chiefs uni.

I'd rather not dwell on his seed.

DaKCMan AP
04-20-2012, 10:09 AM
Is he not expected to be around by our 2nd pick because of that 40 time he turned in at the combine?

Correct. Even so, I like other guys more that won't cost a 2nd.

buddha
04-21-2012, 01:08 AM
You don't know how deep he would be.

Charles is an unknown, Hillis is on a one-year deal, etc. The Chiefs aren't set at all at that position. If you can upgrade it at a reasonable price, do it.

spanky 52
04-21-2012, 06:37 AM
Wouldn't be upset with Turbin in the fourth or Baker in the fifth. No more McCluster type's please.

whoman69
04-21-2012, 02:43 PM
I would think the best move would be Cody Johnson late. I don't think the Chiefs want Hillis all in as just a FB. I would like to see some heavy packages near the end zone.

milkman
04-21-2012, 02:59 PM
I would think the best move would be Cody Johnson late. I don't think the Chiefs want Hillis all in as just a FB. I would like to see some heavy packages near the end zone.

Since the Chiefs will only use a FB in certain offensive sets, why would you need to draft a fullback if you can use Hillis in those sets?

As the passing game continues to evolves, the FB is becoming more and more a specialist position.

whoman69
04-21-2012, 07:08 PM
Since the Chiefs will only use a FB in certain offensive sets, why would you need to draft a fullback if you can use Hillis in those sets?

As the passing game continues to evolves, the FB is becoming more and more a specialist position.

So that he doesn't get hurt playing that position and leaving us without a backup.

suds79
04-21-2012, 09:24 PM
Saw a bunch of Baylor this year thinking we had a shot at RG3. Always thought Gannaway had good speed for being a 240 lbs RB. A few moves and some mobility for a big man.

I think he'd be a good #2 power back behind your # 1 guy. I think he could be a solid pick say 5th round on down.

Just depends what RBs are left.

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Bump
04-21-2012, 10:00 PM
Is it logical to use a pick on a RB, that is so dep in his position? Until the 4-6 tound?

nope, it's not.

I'm not cool with drafting a RB in the 1st or 2nd unless some first round talent dropped to the 2nd or something. They are a dime a dozen and you can find great ones in the 3rd round.

Bump
04-21-2012, 10:01 PM
Gannaway isn't gonna make it in the NFL