We talking them coming out if the draft? Or are we talking from this point on? From this point on, Calvin Johnson. AP probably has 2-3 more years of being a top back, before all the touches and hits, take its toll.
If you gave me the option of both coming out, AP no question. Sure CJ brings an excitement to an offense.. But AP does more. I think you put mediocre pieces around each player, AP's team will always have a better record because he can flat out carry a team. Even with an elite QB, I would still rather have AP. Because an elite QB can make average WR into above average WR, much easier than turning average running backs into above average ones if that makes sense. I think an elite running back can also elevate the play of the passing game. Especially if teams are stacking the line to try and stop a dominate running game.
I just think, if you have the oppertunity to get a running back as special as AP, you take him over anything except an elite QB. Running backs(less so today admittedly, with the rules to increase and make passing easier) do so much, like I said at the top. They touch the ball a lot, be it catching or running, they are responsible for the last line of defense as far as blocking for the QB goes(which also has an obvious effect to the passing game, as I mentioned above). They just do so much more than a WR, even one as talented as CJ. The one downfall is they generally have a shelf life alot shorter than a WR.
I think its a fairly obvious choice, really.
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