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Top 5 HB's in the NFL RIGHT NOW.

Updated on April 21, 2013

While not as important as it once was, the runningback position is still a crucial part of every offense. Gone are the days of John Riggins and Marcus Allen. Barry Sanders and Walter are long gone. This is, most definitely, the era of the quarterback.
But... Even now, a few ball carriers still make a huge difference.
This is my list of the top 5 runningbacks in the National Football League at this moment.

Number 5. Arian Foster.

Who is he?
Despite going undrafted in 2009, Arian Foster has become the best player on the Houston Texans. When he finally got his shot to play in 2010, Foster exploded. He rattled off 1,616 yards to lead the league. But he's so much more than that. He doubles as a receiver for the Texans. His quick, shifty style of play have made him a favorite for fantasy football players.

Why isn't he higher?
Well... He isn't really a feature back. The rest of the guys on this list carry the ball a lot and are crucial parts of their team. Foster really isn't. He's more of a compliment to the rest of the offense. He adds a layer that is crucial to their success but is ultimately not as much of a game changer as the next four guys.

Why isn't he lower?
Because he's so versatile. He doesn't just have one thing. He can pass-block well enough to protect Schaub, he has good hands and is shifty out of the backfield, and obviously makes enough plays on the ground to be successful.

Number 4. Frank Gore.

Who is he?
Frank Gore has been the lone mainstay on the 49ers since he was taken 65th overall in 2005. He's provided hope for San Fran, even during the Alex Smith era. This season, he finally got a taste of playoff success as the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl. His 1,214 rushing yards helped keep the team together even during a quarterback change.

Why isn't he higher?
Well... He's not as good as he once was. He's still a top 5 back (Obviously, he's on this list), but he doesn't bring a lot of versatility, and doesn't have as much of a burst as he once did.

Why isn't he lower?
Because he's the only consistent weapon on the defending NFC champions. He's helped play a huge part for the development of the 49ers and managed to succeed despite the team switching to the Pistol offense.

Number 3. Jamaal Charles.

Who is he?
Jamaal has been the lone bright spot on a dark, dark Kansas City team. He came back from a rough injury that cut his 2011 season to just 12 carries to lead the AFC rushing with over 1,500 yards and 5 TDs. On a team that's undergoing a tough transition, they will rely heavily on this young man.

Why isn't he higher?
He's really just a speed back. He could outrun lightning, but he isn't going to run anybody over, and he didn't really affect his team as much as the next two guys. True, he helped the Chiefs get half of their wins in that OT thriller against the Saints, but he contributed more to fantasy teams than his real team.

Why isn't he lower?
Ironically, for the same reason he wasn't higher. He did extremely well on a very bad team, and short of Barry Sanders, another speedy back, not many players have done that.

Number 2. Marshawn Lynch.

Who is he?
The man known simply as "Beast Mode", the Seahawks made the trade of the decade when they snuck Lynch away from the Bills in 2010. Since then, he's been huge for Seattle. I'm sure everybody remembers when he broke 9 tackles in the 2010 playoff win over the Saints. He was also crucial in the development of the young and talented Russell Wilson from an option QB, to a true pocket passer.

Why isn't he higher?
Just wait and see who number one is.

Why isn't he lower?
He's one of the few special backs in the game. His mixture of speed and strength make him one of the hardest players to bring down in the NFL. He helped the Hawks make the playoffs, and almost won the division. If he can stay healthy, the Seahawks should be really good in 2013.

Number 1. Adrian Peterson.

Who is he?
He is Adrian "All Day" Peterson. The superstar Viking has been phenomenal for the Minnesota Vikings since his rookie season in 2007. In every season, he has had at least 10 rushing touchdowns. If I had to say he had a bad season, it would be 2011, because it was cut short by injury. It's the only season in his career, that he didn't reach 1,000 yards. This actually adds to his legend. Because despite having two tendons torn last Christmas, he was able to come back and rush for over 2,000 yards on his way to an MVP trophy. He was merely 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson's record and literally carried the Vikings to playoffs.

Why isn't he higher?
It's not possible. He's number one. Once upon a time, he had a fumble problem, but those days are long gone, he's only put the ball on the ground 5 times in the last three years. Some perspective? RG3 fumbled 9 times this season alone.

Why isn't he lower?
Because he's easily the best. He's not necessarily the best receiving back, but he doesn't need to be. He's a freak of nature, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up in the Hall of Fame someday.

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    • Henroc0126 profile image

      Henry Mock Alvarez II 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO

      Great hub...I agree with the order you put the backs in but just wanted to let you know they are a bit out of order in the hub.

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      Ryan Smith 4 years ago

      Phew!!!!! Thanks for the heads up, I had no clue.

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