Arizona Cardinals have best running back situation in NFC West

January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers cornerback Chris Banjo (32) during the second half in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers cornerback Chris Banjo (32) during the second half in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) picks up a first down against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Rams won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) picks up a first down against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Rams won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

Then there are the other teams in the NFC West though. The Seattle Seahawks lose Marshawn Lynch (although at this time there are rumors he might be considering un-retiring), and the San Francisco 49ers are well..the 49ers.

Then there are the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams might have the overall best running back in the division in Todd Gurley Jr. Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in his rookie campaign in St. Louis in 2015.

The question is though, what does the depth look like Gurley?  Tre Mason seems to be the best backup.  I would still put my money on what the Cardinals have over that though.

It is all about the depth.  The Cardinals have it.  If the Seahawks get Lynch back they might be at or near the top again.

I wouldn’t dismiss the Seahawks though.  They just drafted C.J. Prosise out of Notre Dame.  Plus they have Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael.  Both showed moments of greatness in 2015.

In San Francisco Carlos Hyde is the class of the running back core.  However he needs to be healthy to help.  The depth behind him severely lacks.  They’ve been waiting on Shaun Draughn to perform consistently.

So for now, this leaves the Cardinals with the best running back core top to bottom in the division. This is the way it looks based on past performances however they will need to go back out on the field and prove it in 2016.

The key will be to stay healthy.  That’s a big question mark with this group.  Chris Johnson isn’t getting younger and is coming off that injury.  Ellington has durability issues.  Looks nice now so hopefully it stays that way all the way until February.