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Marquee college RBs not counted on as blockers

Pass blocking is an often overlooked aspect of an NFL tailback's job and rare skill among backs entering the league.

Updated: April 21, 2006, 11:46 AM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

Replace Edgerrin James. It is presumably the Colts' No. 1 priority heading into the NFL draft April 29-30. It's also a lot easier said than done. Why? Because of what Edge did for Indy in "pass pro" (short for pass protection). Among the game's elite tailbacks, James is the best blocker.

Former teammate Reggie Wayne has called him the best blocker on the Colts, period. "He picked up cornerbacks, linebackers, defensive linemen -- whoever came, he protected [quarterback] Peyton [Manning]," ...

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