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First-round running backs are scarce

Changing nature of the game has made position more specialized, less critical

Originally Published: April 8, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Alabama running back Mark Ingram's specialty is running downhill.

But with the way this draft is shaping up, you must wonder whether the position he plays is in a downward spiral. Ingram is probably going to be the only running back taken in the first round.

Only three teams -- Miami, New England and possibly New Orleans -- have prime needs in the backfield. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are unsigned, and Miami coach Tony Sparano is run-oriented. The Dolphins could have the ...

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