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When we think about the top running backs in the NFL a few specific names come to mind -- Todd Gurley II, Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon among a few others. The running back position isn't as dominant as it used to be with more two-back-committee approaches, but there are still some talented guys in the league coming from that position. 


However, the top running back in 2018 (according to PFF) is completely out of left field. 

Elliott and Gurley aren't even in the Top 5!


Chubb and Derrick Henry have been terrific this year but it's certainly surprising to see them as the two highest-graded running backs on this list. Eliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,434 yards while Gurley came in third with 1,251 yards after missing two games down the stretch -- Gurley also led the league with 21 touchdowns. 

Meanwhile, Nick Chubb was 10th in the NFL in rushing and Derrick Henry was 7th. Chubb, of course, didn't get to start until Week 7 so his numbers are a bit lower than they should be. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry to Gurley's 4.9 and Elliott's 4.7 so he has a case for the top spot, it's just a bit shocking to actually see him above everyone else. 


The rest of the NFL better watch out in 2019 because the Browns have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and now, apparently, the best running back. 


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