Deep running back class to benefit Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals need a running back and luckily this year's draft class is loaded with talent at the position.

Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and several other quality prospects has this year's crop of running backs set to be one of the deepest classes ever.

Luckily for the Arizona Cardinals, running back is a major position of need.

As of now, Andre Ellington would enter the 2015 season as the Cardinals' starter. Ellington, however, isn't built to be an every down back and eventually wore down a year ago and landed on injured reserve.

Backing up Ellington is Kerwynn Williams, who did an admirable job filling in for Ellington but the Cardinals clearly need more firepower out of the backfield and preferably a dynamic runner who can pick up large chunks of yardage at a time.

AZCardinals.com recently posted a list of Cardinal running backs selected in the first two rounds since the team moved to Arizona.

— 1988 Tony Jeffery (8 yards in one year in Arizona)
— 1990 Anthony Thompson (774 yards in three years)
— 1993 Garrison Hearst (1,503 yards in three years)
— 1994 Chuck Levy (15 yards in one year)
— 1996 Leeland McElroy (729 yards in two years)
— 2000 Thomas Jones (1,264 yards in three years)
— 2005 J.J. Arrington (654 yards in four years)
— 2009 Beanie Wells (2,471 yards in four years)
— 2011 Ryan Williams (164 yards in three years)


As you can see, not many of these names have panned out, but don't be surprised if GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians take another shot this year.


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