I can't see him not being top 3, but it does depend on alot: Priest's status, his OL, Vermiel, etc. but most other RBs also have question marks, but with a much lower ceiling. I find it unlikley that anyone could convince me to take anyone but LT or Alexander over him.
henryhormann wrote:LJ is the kind of runningback I'm happy to roll the dice on. Did it this year, won the championship.
Regardless of his situation next year (split backfield, o-line, coach, etc.), the dude can run. Also he's great at breaking tackles & making people miss, so that's something else to consider when factoring in the supposedly dramatic drop-off in O-line play.
Yeah, the difference is next year you'll have to roll the dice with a top-3 pick instead of a 6th or 7th rounder. Big difference.
If LJ is projected to take 2/3s of the series to Priest's 1/3, than the really interesting pick becomes Priest. I am not going to waste a high pick on LJ in a platoon, but would be happy to take a devalued Holmes later in the draft.
Right now, my prelim draft sheet for next year looks like:
Obviously lots of things can change, but I would be happy with any of those guys in my first round, regardless of placement. I think LT's "playoff" points this year have hurt his #1 ranking for next years draft. Not sure its fair, but it is what it is.
If Priest is gone, LJ can go 1, 2 or 3. If Priest stays and it sounds like he'll take alot of carries, I'd still probably take him mid-1st. It seems like it's only a matter of time before Holmes goes down to injury again, and even when both are healthy, they each put up #1 RB numbers playing side-by-side.
I'm drooling over the thoughts of this guy alone in the KC backfield for 16 games...and my jaw's dropping at the thoughts of having him on my team.
If you watched today's game, you have to be feeling the same way.
'Twas a fun year, fellas.
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