In 2014, the ongoing debate in regards was who was the best RB in the NFL would seemingly always boil down to a handful of names, but after last season it was between DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell. ESPN Insiders, looking to end the debate, looked at the situation and selected who they thought was the best running back in the league.
The rankings were based on recent history, as well as projections to where they see these individual running backs' careers heading. It should come as no surprise to anyone who they selected to top their rankings, the Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell.
Take a look at what was said about Bell which gave him the title of "best back in the NFL":
1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
A two-game suspension cut into Bell's numbers, but he remains a frequent choice as the NFL's best back. He has tremendous size for the position at 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds. He has breakaway speed and the versatility to excel as a runner, receiver and pass protector. "You have to put Bell at No. 1," a personnel director said. "He is a pretty special guy. He can create. He doesn't need a point of entry like a lot of guys do."
Bell missed the first two games of the 2015 season, but certainly picked up where he left on in 2014. Bell is the leading running back in the AFC after just 5 games, and is 5th on the NFL rushing list with significantly less attempts than those who are ranked ahead of him.
ESPN is able to see the path Bell is on, and the offense he finds himself a part of with a franchise quarterback and amazing wide receivers to take defenders out of the box, and allow an improving offensive line to open up lanes for No. 26 in the black and gold.
Bell has done more than become the best running back in the league, he has become an irreplaceable key to the a Steelers team searching for their 7th Lombardi trophy.
See who ESPN ranked as the Top 10 RBs in the NFL:
1. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks
3. Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings
4. Todd Gurley - St. Louis Rams
5. LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills
6. Chris Ivory - New York Jets
7. Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons
8. Matt Forte - Chicago Bears
9. Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints
10. T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars