AFC South Rankings- Running Backs

The only definite way to the postseason and to a lucrative postseason home game is to win your division. To figure out who has the inside track in the AFC South for 2012, we are going to rank each of the position groups from best to worst. We will move on to the running backs.

1. Houston Texans



Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Jason Ford, Davin Meggett, Javarris Williams

Much of the reason why the Texans have so much success throwing the football is due to the team's devastating rushing attack. Arian Foster has gone from undrafted free agent to one of the league's very best running backs, and when he needs a break Ben Tate is a homerun threat. They make up not only the best duo of running backs in the AFC South, but in the AFC as a whole.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars



Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Greg Jones, DuJuan Harris, Montell Owens, Jalen Parmele

The Jaguars boast the NFL's leading rusher in Maurice Jones-Drew and a very capable backup in Rashad Jennings. Jennings may receive more action this season as MJD is still MIA for OTA's as he's looking for a new contract. Greg Jones has been one of the best fullbacks in football and DuJuan Harris' contribution late last season allowed the team to move on from draft pick Deji Karim.

3. Tennessee Titans



Chris Johnson, Javon Ringer, Jamie Harper. Quinn Johnson

The Titans could move up this list if Chris Johnson can return to his form of 2009 and 2010, but we're not sure how likely that is. Johnson held out of training camp last season in hopes of a new deal and received that new contract and proceeded to have the worst year of his young career. Johnson showed an aversion to contact and appeared considerably slower than in year's past. Javon Ringer is a very solid backup who many feel is capable of gaining 1,000+ yards if given the opportunity. Harper showed some good things in his limited carries and Johnson is an ascending blocker.

4. Indianapolis Colts



Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Vick Ballard, Darren Evans, Deji Karim

In a division filled with Pro Bowl running backs, the Colts have a mostly unproven stable. Donald Brown has been a disappointment as a first-round pick, and the ceiling of players such as Delone Carter and Darren Evans is pretty low. Vick Ballard was a physical banger while at Mississippi State and he may take over the short-yardage running duties. Deji Karim has great speed but struggles after first contact.



Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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