Ranking the AFC West: Running back

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I rank the AFC West by the running back position for each team.

Another position in the AFC West without much in the way of elite talent is running back. There's a lot of new blood at running back both in the starting jobs as well as depth. The best teams are really the ones who have anything in the way of proven talent.

Here's how the AFC West teams stack up at running back:

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn, Cyrus Gray

Jamaal Charles is one of the best running backs in the NFL. He was in the Pro Bowl last season with over 1500 yards rushing and was named All Pro in 2010 when he ran for 1467 yards and averaged a league leading 6.4 yards per carry. The Chiefs backups are suspect with third round pick on Knile Davis struggling with drops in camp and the final spot will be between 2012 sixth round pick Cyrus Gray and third year UDFA Shaun Draughn. The best two will shake out for time behind Charles.

2. Oakland Raiders - Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray

Even if McFadden could stay healthy, he wouldn't be rated ahead of Jamaal Charles. But in this division, he would come in second anyway. On one hand, McFadden can't stay healthy for a full season. On the other hand, he is back in the Power Blocking Scheme where he had his best season in 2010. Adding to this unit is the addition of Rashad Jennings and rookie Latavius Murray. It is the best depth this team has had since Michael Bush was still in Oakland.

3. Denver Broncos - Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno

The team has high hopes for Montee Ball. He will compete with Ronnie Hillman for the bulk of the carries. Having two options is a good thing but neither has proven anything on this level yet. Knowshon Moreno has only proven he's a bust.

4. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown

Like McFadden, Mathews just can't seem to stay healthy. But even at his healthiest, he has never turned many heads. After Mathews is the lackluster Woodhead with Ronnie Brown who's clinging onto the last remnants of his NFL career.

Also See: Ranking the AFC West: Quarterback

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