By Jonathan Auping
IRVING, Texas -
The 2008 NFL Draft might have been the last great running back heavy draft. It was loaded with talented rushers. The draft has already produced one 6,000-yard rusher, one 5,000-yard rusher, two 4,000-yard rushers and another player who has already rushed for 41 touchdowns.
The Cowboys and Steelers had back-to-back first-round picks in that draft and both selected running backs. Unfortunately for them, neither selected any of the five running backs mentioned above.
With the 22nd pick Cowboys chose Felix Jones
out of Arkansas and with the very next pick the Steelers drafted Rashard Mendenhall out of Illinois. They were the third and fourth running backs selected in the draft after Oakland took Darren McFadden with the fourth overall choice and Carolina grabbed Jonathan Stewart with the 13th overall pick.
Many people claim that the Cowboys selected Jones based on Jerry Jonesí connection to the University of Arkansas, but the fact is that Felix Jones and Mendenhall were projected by most people to be the next two running backs selected after McFadden and Stewart. Plus, Felix Jones was the first Arkansas player ever drafted by Jerry Jones, a former Razorback player himself.
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