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NFL Draft: Running Backs Stock Sliding?

The Patriots are in need of a running back with Fred Taylor all but retiring and the other veterans on the team playing beyond their years. But looking at the 2011 Draft class, are any of these prospects worthy of a being taken by New England? A closer look reveals that teams may not need to spend a high pick on a back.

  What are the odds, as some "draftniks" have suggested, that not a single running back will be selected in the first round of the draft in three weeks?   Well, if it happens, it will be historic. Literally.   Since the common draft was implemented in 1967, there has never been a first round without at least one back. There was only one year, 1984, when fewer than two runners went off the board in...

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