Make no mistake about it: 2017 was the year of the rookie running back.
One would have to go as far back in time as 2008 to find a class of incoming ball-carriers that offered as much talent and immediate production as the incredible group of freshmen who hit the NFL gridiron a season ago.
This is true of early-round studs like Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, and Dalvin Cook, as well as mid-round steals like Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt. However, it's equally accurate of hidden gems found in the later rounds, like Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson.
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