While three running backs were taken among the top five picks in April's draft, and all three--Ronnie Brown (Dolphins), Cedric Benson (Bears) and Cadillac Williams (Bucs)--should get heavy workloads, a total of nine ball carriers stack the top 14 on our fantasy rookie list. But don't overlook the six receivers who were chosen in Round 1 of the draft. Here are 30 rookies worth considering when filling out your roster.
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|5.||Mike Williams||WR||Southern Cal||Lions|
|9.||Marion Barber III
Expected to replace Richie Anderson as third-down back
|10.||Troy Williamson||WR||S. Carolina||Vikings|
|11.||Darren Sproles||RB||Kansas State||Chargers|
Backup to oft-injured Michael Bennett could crack lineup
|14.||Brandon Jacobs||RB||S. Illinois||Giants|
|17.||Maurice Clarett||RB||Ohio State||Broncos|
The future of the franchise; already penciled in to start
Second-round draft pick hit seven of eight field-goal tries from 50 yards and beyond over last two seasons
|25.||Vernand Morency||RB||Oklahoma St.||Texans|
|26.||Ryan Moats||RB||Louisiana Tech||Eagles|
|28.||Adrian McPherson||QB||Florida State||Saints|
Third-stringer for now; will be groomed as Matt Hasselbeck's successor
The slippery halfback from Cal attracted little Heisman buzz despite a 2,000-yard senior season, and he was similarly overlooked on draft day when he fell to the second round. Yet Arrington could generate some serious heat in the desert for a potentially explosive offense that features young wide receiver standouts Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, plus quarterback Kurt Warner, a two-time league MVP who is looking to rediscover his old magic. Expected to split time with holdover Marcel Shipp, a swift yet injury-prone veteran, Arrington wowed coaches and players in minicamps with his pass-catching skills and running instincts. If things break right for Arrington, he could emerge as coach Denny Green's most productive runner since the late '90s, when he had Robert Smith in Minnesota.