When you talk about the greatest RBs of all time, the Hall of Famers, you can't get away without mentioning Jim Brown- the guy with all the stats that really matter. I mean, 105 yards per game, 5.1 yards per carry... how on earth could you top that?
Draft Clinton Portis and put him in a run-friendly scheme. He's now gone over 100 for *6* straight. In his 2 years, he is averaging 120+ yards in games he starts, and over 5.5 yards per carry (5.8 so far this year). Right now, he is #2 in rushing yards in the NFL, despite having significantly fewer carries than the #1 (over a half a yard more per carry). All of this is despite the fact that he's missed the equivalent of 2 games so far this season (all of Detroit, half of SD- where he rushed for 129 on 12 carries in the first half, and half of Oakland). With his ypg average, he'd have a very sizeable lead over Lewis, and would be knocking on the door of 2000 yards. He's answered questions about his durability with 2 30+ carry performances in 3 weeks. Against KC and SD, he could have given Lewis's new record a run for its money. He's the third back in history to top 1500 for his first 2 seasons (after Edge and Dickerson). Not only that, but he has none of the fumble problems of Jamal Lewis, is #2 in rushing TDs, and can catch, too. Oh, and in case you'd forgotten, he put up 5 TDs in 3 quarters vs. the Chiefs. And yet, for some unknown reason, his name NEVER comes up in MVP talks. Holmes and Lewis both VERY DESERVEDLY get their names brought up in MVP conversations, but the fact of the matter is that Holmes is just one part of a very spread offense, and Lewis isn't even the MVP of his team. He isn't even the best guy named Lewis on his team.
If Portis's injury isn't severe (and I'm going to say extra prayers tonight that it's not), I see him coming back and potentially breaking 1800 yards. I see him finishing with 17-18 TDs. I also firmly believe that, with the exception of Manning and McNair, no single player is so PIVOTAL to the success of his team as Portis is. I also believe that no running back is performing at a higher level than Portis. So where's the love?