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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Running Back Todd Gurley II
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Who are the top running backs in the NFL entering the 2018 season?

With the 2018 NFL season getting closer everyday, here is a preview of the running back position.

The current crop of running backs is incredibly strong. No matter what kind of back you prefer, there is one for you in the current NFL. If you want an all-around back, there is Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley. If you want a workhorse, you have Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette. If you want more of a receiving threat, you have David Johnson and Alvin Kamara.

My rankings for this year’s crop of running backs also shows the rise of the young RB. Seven of the 10 running backs in these rankings are 25 or under. It is safe to say that the position will be incredibly talented for the next few years.

Another obvious trend is that not many running backs on the wrong side of 30 are among the best in the league. There is only one running back in my top 10 that will be 30 when the 2018 season begins, and only two players listed in this entire article that will be 30 when the 2018 season begins.

The last truly evident thing that I noticed when compiling these rankings is the theory that you can find a top running back talent outside of the first round is true. Twelve of the running backs listed were not first-round picks.

Obviously spending a top pick on someone like Gurley or Fournette can work out, but out of all the positions in most draft classes, the running back position usually has the most, if not one of the most depth at its position.

Let’s get this rolling.