Sixth Round Pick Alfred Morris Led All 2012 Draftees in Rushing

By Chris Malumphy

Redskins' sixth round pick Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic led all rookies in rushing in 2012 gaining 1,613 yards for 4.8 yards per carry and 13 touchdowns. The top two running backs taken in the 2012 draft also had good seasons. The Browns' Trent Richardson, selected with the 3rd pick from Alabama, gained 950 yards rushing for 11 touchdowns despite playing several games with broken ribs. He also led rookie running backs with 51 receptions. The second running back selected, Doug Martin, drafted by the Buccaneers with the 31st selection from Boise State, had the most combined rushing and receiving yardage of running backs drafted in 2012 gaining 1,454 yards on the ground and another 472 in the air. Other than Morris, Richardson, and Morris, the only other 2012 draftee to top 600 yards rushing was Vick Ballard, taken by the Colts in the 5th round with the 170th choice from Mississippi State, who gained 814 yards.

Running Backs Drafted in 2012
Name Drafted
Round Pick Player College Team Rushes Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Trent RichardsonBrowns133AlabamaBrowns2679503.611513677.21
Doug MartinBuccaneers13131Boise StateBuccaneers31914544.611494729.61
David WilsonGiants13232Virginia TechGiants713585.044348.51
Isaiah PeadRams21850CincinnatiRams10545.403165.30
LaMichael James49ers22961Oregon49ers271254.603299.70
Ronnie HillmanBroncos3467San Diego StateBroncos853303.9110626.20
Bernard PierceRavens32184TempleRavens1085324.917476.70
Lamar MillerDolphins4297Miami (FL)Dolphins512504.916457.50
Robert TurbinSeahawks411106Utah StateSeahawks803544.40191819.50
Rhett EllisonVikings433128USC           7659.30
Bradie EwingFalcons522157Wisconsin                  
Chris RaineySteelers524159FloridaSteelers261023.9214604.30
Vick BallardColts535170Mississippi StateColts2118143.92171528.91
Alfred MorrisRedskins63173Florida AtlanticRedskins33516134.81311777.00
Cyrus GrayChiefs612182Texas A&MChiefs7446.302189.00
Dan HerronBengals621191Ohio StateBengals451.30        
Terrance GanawayJets632202Baylor                  
Michael SmithBuccaneers75212Utah State                  
Bryce BrownEagles722229Kansas StateEagles1155644.9413564.30
Edwin BakerChargers743250Michigan State                  
Daryl RichardsonRams745252Abilene ChristianRams984754.80241636.80