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This year's RB class gets mixed reviews

Updated: April 12, 2005, 5:06 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The leading rusher among NFL rookies in 2004, Detroit Lions tailback Kevin Jones, was an anomaly of sorts.

How so? Because Jones, who ran for 1,133 yards after emerging at midseason from a spate of nagging injuries earlier in the year, was a first-round choice. And in the recent past, the first-round imprimatur hasn't necessarily stamped a back for immediate stardom.

Prior to Jones, a running back outside of the first round actually led NFL rookies in rushing yards in ...

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