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GOP_Tiger
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana

Kids just want the ball. Stevan Ridley is a great example. IMO, he could have been a better LB than RB. In fact, a lot of big schools only wanted him as a LB. If you saw him cracking skulls on special teams as an LSU freshman, then you saw the potential. But he wanted the ball, and it's worked out for him.


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brewhan davey
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana
I can see what you're getting at. Although, I don't think this will take effect until years down the road. No doubt the game is changing to a less RB-friendly game, so the need for other positions is greater; also, the career of a RB is much shorter than most positions, so I feel that you will start seeing more and more kids being pushed toward playing other positions.


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Suntiger
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana
NFL doesn't affect High School Football positions that much. Most WR/DBs play QB in high school in Louisiana then are swithced in college.

RBs could maybe start playing LBer, but I doubt it. Louisiana High School is still about running the ball and playing defense.


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H-Town Tiger
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana
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LOL big time on you guys feeding into the "RB devalue" stage you think the NFL is getting into.


Why do you LOL at facts? Go look at recent drafts compared to the 20-30 years ago. Look how many teams run platoons. There will always be RB's and always be workhorse backs, but there are fewer of the them now. I don't see how that can be argued. The ratio of rushing att to passing has gone from 60-40 run to 60-40 pass in the last 30 years.
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Suntiger
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana
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There will always be RB's and always be workhorse backs, but there are fewer of the them now.


Agreed, but that just means there will be more need for more running backs. That could actually open up the NFL market for running backs.

Think about it, instead of a team having one workhorse RB, it needs three. That's more job opportunity in the NFL.

What RB wants to go sit behind AP? I'd rather go to Buffalo and split time with CJ Spiller. I carry the ball 10-15 times a game and he gets his 10 touches a game. Longer career and more opportunity rather than wasting away on the bench.

Just another way of looking at it.


fjohns1
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You could see a drop off


dude we know runningback propects in Louisiana for the next 4 years already.


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H-Town Tiger
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Think about it, instead of a team having one workhorse RB, it needs three. That's more job opportunity in the NFL.

that also means the position is devalued relative to what it used to be. RB is toward the bottom of avg NFL salaries by position. S owhile there may be more opprotunities, they will pay less.


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Datbayoubengal
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re: Can we expect a drop off in RB talent coming out of Louisiana
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Why do you LOL at facts? Go look at recent drafts compared to the 20-30 years ago. Look how many teams run platoons. There will always be RB's and always be workhorse backs, but there are fewer of the them now. I don't see how that can be argued. The ratio of rushing att to passing has gone from 60-40 run to 60-40 pass in the last 30 years.


They are not losing their value because of one draft and a pass happy leagues. Sure it's switched from the deman it was 10-15 years ago because backs aren't as durable anymore. If Lattimore, Knile, Dyer, and Lacy had come out this year without the injury history and maintained their 2010 production, you would not have 17 lineman drafted in the first round.

Sure you have the platoon style because those teams have no great back. Physical runners need a COP back and backups in general. They also put a higher grade on blocking and receiving now than ever, which is why Benard and Lacy were two of the first three off the board.

None of the backs this year screamed (game changer) to be drafted first round. If anything Alfred Morris undervalued the position by being so good his first year but Doug Martin(1st rd) was also good.


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