Maroney missed two games because of injury in 2006, and he's missed three games this year. I'd give him a little more time before I'd consider him injury prone. When healthy Maroney has done well (with the carries they've given him). In 2006 he averaged 4.3 ypc, added up 745yds behind Dillon, and 783yrds on Kick returns. So far this season he's averaged 4.7ypc, and he's only had two games with under a 5 ypc avg. While Maroney doesn't get a lot of looks as a receiver, he can catch the ball just fine. Did you watch the Redskins game? The Patriots don't use Maroney in that role more because they have Faulk. I'd like to see NE give Laurence more looks as a receiver though. I could understand your saying he's missed some games with injury, so you'd like to see him stay healthy before placing your trust in him, but I'm kind of surprised at wanting to replace him. Let's not let McFadden's being among a lot of peoples binkies cloud our vision. Saying NE should draft McFadden would be overlooking the fact that NE doesn't need him, and they have bigger issues. I mean, it's not like Maroney, Morris, and Faulk will all likely be on the 2008 roster, and it's not like there's going to be a bunch of good RB's in the 2008 draft class, right? I'd much rather see NE drop down a few spots and draft someone like Kenny Phillips, then use a second, third, or fourth on a RB to develope as either Morris or Faulk's replacement. People talk about Maroney running to upright, and his injury problems. McFadden is the definition of an upright runner. Also, he's built somewhat like a WR, and he's kind of top heavy. What do I mean by that? His upper body is long and developed, while his lower body should be more developed (thicker) for his size and position. I'm not saying the guy is going to be a bust, as I've been impressed with some of his college performances, but don't for a second think there aren't question marks concerning his ability to transfer his game to the NFL. Another thing to think about is the fame McFadden has already gained, and how that would effect his contract demands if selected 3rd, 4th, or 5th overall. I'd be willing to bet Darren's agent (especially with the succes of Paterson) is going to try and break the bank of whom ever drafts him, and NE's not about to fork over that kind of cash to a RB, especially with one first round contract (late first) already at the position. Finally, let's talk about how everyone is comparing McFadden to Adrian Peterson. I can see some of the comparison when it comes to running styles, and some of the other aspects of their games, but they're different runners. Peterson has a stronger lower body, more of an overall RB's build, and he's a tougher runner. When I say tougher, I mean he breaks more tackles, and is harder to take down. So, I wouldn't so quickly take Peterson's success as indication that McFadden will have that same level of success.