Monday, December 05, 2005

There's a lot of talk about the bottom of the NFL angling for the No. 1 pick so they can take Reggie Bush with the first pick in the NFL draft.

Bush seems to be a wonderful player, but I can't recall a championship team being built around a highly drafted running back. The Patriots got by with Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk before signing Corey Dillon last year. The Bucs had Michael Pittman and Mike Alsotott. The Eagles have been getting by with Brian Westbrook. The nearest counter-example is the Ravens with Jamal Lewis, but that team wasn't so much build around Lewis as it was their defense. The Ravens have has Lewis since then, and not gone far.

I'm sure Bush will help whichever team drafts him, but if they're looking for him to turn them into a championship team, it's probably not going to happen.
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