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The Top 10 Running Backs in the NFL Right Now, Ranked

Coming off a year in which many players at the position erupted, a few notable names missed the cut for the best options on the ground in 2023.

Many have already penciled in Bijan Robinson as one of the best running backs in the NFL after the Falcons selected him with the No. 8 pick in April’s draft.

Robinson starred in college as a running back who can both block and receive, so that projection might come true. But the incoming rookie will have to prove his all-around skill set transfers to the NFL, and it won’t be easy in a league where many running backs delivered breakout seasons in 2022.

Teams are running more nowadays to counter the trendy defensive schemes limiting downfield plays, which could explain why two running backs were drafted in the top 12 this year (Robinson at No. 8 and Jahmyr Gibbs going to the Lions at No. 12).

But those two rookie running backs shouldn’t be considered top 10 at the position just because of draft status. They’ll need to earn it, just like Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara did during their memorable rookie season in 2017.

But now Cook and Kamara might be on the decline. (The two wouldn’t be happy to read this list.) It was tough to narrow down, but here are the 10 best running backs heading into the 2023 season.

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