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Finding the next Darren Sproles

Will there be more players like him? Yes, and the NFL draft class is a place to look

Originally Published: February 28, 2012
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider
Darren SprolesAP Photo/Gerald HerbertDarren Sproles had a fantastic season last year in his first season with the New Orleans Saints.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Over the past two seasons, the team with the best offense in the NFL on a per-game basis has had a little extra help. The "little" is in the part of the 5-foot-6 and generously listed 190-pound Darren Sproles, who helped the San Diego Chargers to a league-high 395.6 yards per game in 2010, then accounted for nearly 18 percent of the New Orleans Saints' league-high 7,474 yards in 2011 as a rusher and a receiver, achieving balance with 87 rushes and 86 catches. (Both teams placed sixth in the years before and after Sproles.)

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