The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft had quite a few surprises. None more than the fact that three running backs went on Thursday. This spits in the face of the supposed devaluation of that position in the draft.
Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson all heard their names called yesterday, you can bet three or four more will today as well.
Lamar Miller, Miami (F)
This is a prospect hat many experts had as the No. 2 overall running back in the draft. Miller could get some play in the early second round. It probably just wont be in the top three. The St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens will all probably go in another direction.
The Denver Broncos at 36 are probably his first real possibility. After that you are looking at a major drop-off in terms of need until the New York Jets select at 47.
Chris Polk, Washington
He was considered a first-round pick just a few months ago, but has since fallen on some hard times. Polk struggled a great deal at the Senior Bowl and didn’t impress anyone after a pedestrian combine performance.
There is still some major talent here to be had. You are looking at the aforementioned Broncos as a landing spot. A real wildcard here could be the Rams with the third of three second-round picks at 45. After that, Polk is probably looking at late second or early third round value.
LaMichael James, Oregon
There is a strong possibility that James goes much higher than most of the experts project. He has true game-breaking ability at the line and could be utilized in the form of a Darren Sproles. I think that the Bengals might actually make a play for him in the second. Other than that, he represents third-round value.
Robert Turbin, Utah State
I have him rated much higher than most other experts, but do truly believe that Turbin could be a difference-maker at the next level. You are probably looking at a mid third-round or early fourth-round pick here. That would represent great value.
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
This running back has continually jumped draft board over the course of the last couple weeks and will probably be the 5th running back overall off the board. The St. Louis Rams, with one of their three second-round picks, are options here.