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Safe bets: RB class has less pizzazz, but some sure options

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Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

Still buzzing about the Jay Cutler deal? You should be -- it was a whopper, one we might not see the likes of for the next decade. But for now, I'll take a brief respite and continue my series of the draft's safest picks, position by position.

Today we look at the running backs.

Georgia RB Knowshon MorenoThe debate among NFL people has narrowed the "best back" debate mostly down to two players -- Beanie Wells and Knowshon Moreno. Oh, can you find someone out there who likes Donald Brown or LeSean McCoy or Andre Brown better? I think you can. But the consensus appears to fall between Wells and Moreno for top honors.

Who's the best? I think Moreno, but mostly because I believe he's also the safer pick. He might not have that second gear, that breakaway element where he can outrun DBs, but he's a well-built, smart and competitive back who stays on the field, has no injury concerns and can fill a lot of roles for you.

Next on my "safest" list might be Donald Brown, who I have seen play a number of times and have liked a lot. Like Tashard Choice last year, whom I fell in love with during Senior Bowl week, I think Brown might not be special at any one thing, but he's put together well, can run through the tackles and will bounce a big play outside for you now and then.

I think Wells carries risk, and I am guessing he'll float down to the lower part of Round One. Finding a guy at his size who can run is rare, but the health issues that go along with him might never go away, I suspect. He will have his moments in the NFL and has the same kind of talent as a guy like Ki-Jana Carter had, but like Carter, Wells could struggle to play 16 games every year. 

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