Chubb will share a draft class with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, projected to go very early in a draft that’s already being described, and defined, as heavy on quarterbacks.
It’s been predicted plenty of times that as these backs emerge and the old guard of quarterbacks fade away — that’s you, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and your contemporaries — the emphasis on how the game is played will perceptibly shift.
That makes these backs more valuable when they hit their prime.
Unless, that is, the NFL keeps their value low.
Because that’s still what’s happening today.
This idea was broached a year ago, when the Cowboys took Elliott fourth overall, signifying that running backs were no longer an afterthought, something that could be grabbed off the scrap heap at a bargain price. Fournette went fourth this year, and McCaffrey eighth.
If that position is utter chaos, it’s still an isle of calm compared to the rest of the roster. And Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles have torn it down to build it up for that exact reason. The secondary was an abomination last season. The wide receiver spot was gutted. They found a tight end in the fifth round this year (Clemson’s Jordan Leggett) after the position was a mirage all last year.
Johnson was a hot sleeper from Northern Iowa as a converted wide receiver who had natural skills for the backfield. The Cardinals broke him in slowly as a rookie, only to Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys see him explode with a well-rounded role in Year 2.