Originally posted by RishikeshA:
NFL teams are enamored with these small receiver/running back/return men that put up monster numbers in college but don't pan out in the pros. The problem is opposing players are just as fast and they never make it around tackle. They are brought down easily. Sproles is an exception, he's 5'6", but his thighs are as big as a lineman's. Hunter is small, but he runs powerfully. LMJ will never be a feature back and his return skills seldom get him past the 30 yard line. I can't stand the Seahawks (who on the Zone does) but I admire the type of running backs they have, power all the way.
I can't agree more. To me, James lacks power, explosiveness, football speed and can be easily brought down. Like you, I have always preferred power backs. Like it or not, Seattle has done a stellar job in building their RB corps. All of them rush with power, Lynch of course, likewise Turbin and even the rookie Michael. Seriously, James was one of many bad picks in the disastrous 2012 draft. Some may laugh, I would have picked David Wilson, yes he had a couple of fumbles, but this guy can make big plays.