Originally posted by captain_planet:
Dixon is a likeable person who needs to be replaced immediately due to a subpar skill set and the combination of old and lightweight legs ahead of him. Gore could give out at any time. Best case, there is a high likelihood he'll end up missing several games with injuries. Hunter is a change-of-pace guy ill-suited to the bell cow role, and Dixon is nowhere near good enough to step up. We can't afford to wait. We need to draft a meaty "main guy" prospect RB somewhere in rounds 3-5.
I know it's a rarity for guys his size to become bell cow backs, but Hunter is almost exactly the same size/weight as MJD and hasn't even had an offseason of nfl level conditioning. Westbrook also had several solid years as a 200 carry back. Ray rice is only 12 pounds heavier with a similar frame.
Worst case scenario, Gore gets hurt and misses "several games" like you said, Hunter has already shown he can provide at least a short term solution with carries of 12 up to 16 in the last few weeks(over a season that's 200+). Can he take the pounding over a whole season? Who knows. But the coaching staff has shown they already have confidence in him.
So with that said, Blount and Hillis= undrafted(Blount) and a very late round flier pick(hillis). Why such a hurry? Grab a RB late for now and we might as well keep dixon. Then let Dixon battle with the undrafted/late round guy in camp and if he gets beat then he gets beat. If dixon earns his spot then he can still give us some cheerleading and solid special team play, occasionally going in redzone running duty if gore goes down. I'd rather take my time then when the problem really arises(gore goes down for good) use a 3rd or something on a replacement for gore.
"dixon replacement" should read "gore replacement", why would dixon need to be replaced? And for now, Gore played his first 16 game season since the 06-07 season and seems to be showing that if he has someone like Hunter taking carries from him he can last and stay healthy. There simply is no reason to get all paranoid.