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Patriots Draft Week in Preview: Running Backs

Here's a list of the top overall running backs in the 2011 NFL Draft:

1. Mark Ingram

2. Mikel Leshoure

3. Ryan Williams

4. Jordan Todman

5. Kendall Hunter

Mentions: DeMarco Murray, Daniel Thomas, Shane Vereen, Delone Carter

We will be looking at the top 5 this week and I'll give a brief rundown of the mentions on Saturday, along with my favorites.

Top statistics of running backs in the draft are after the jump!

Most Yards (Career): Vai Taua, Nevada (4588 yards)

Most Carries (Career): Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State (788 carries)

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Career): Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (59, but he's a quarterback); DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma (50 TDs)

Most Yards (Past Year): Mikel Leshoure, Illinois (1697 yards); Jordan Todman, UConn (1695 yards)

Most Carries (Past Year): Jordan Todman, UConn (334 carries)

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Past Year): Chad Spann, Northern Illinois (22 TDs)

Fastest 40 Yard Dash: Noel Devine, West Virginia (4.34 Pro Day); Da'Rel Scott, Maryland (4.34 Combine)

Fastest 3 Cone: Graig Cooper, Miami (6.66 Combine)

Fastest 10 Yard Split: Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska (1.51 Combine)

Most Bench Presses: Shane Vereen, California (31 Combine)

Longest Broad Jump: Jordan Todman, UConn (10'6 Combine)


So let's examine who the Patriots might take in this year's draft!