Modern pro football scheme and strategy mitigates the importance of the running back.
Or so we were led to believe.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was the first running back taken in the first round since 2012. Some even felt him being draft 10th overall was a reach -- until of course his phenomenal rookie season.
After rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 TDs, Gurley was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and has even made his way into debates as to whom the best running back in the NFL is.
So who might be the next Todd Gurley?
Gurley himself ushered a guess on Twitter Wednesday:
@PFF_Sam top 10 pick for sure.— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 9, 2016
There's been scuttlebutt of late former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott could go as high as fourth overall to the Dallas Cowboys in next month's 2016 NFL Draft.
Is this a surefire barometer of future (much less immediate) professional success for Elliott? Definitely not. But seeing a player of Gurley's caliber endorsing Zeke certainly can't hurt.