Remember back when running backs were, basically every pick in the first two rounds of a fantasy draft and taking a receiver or quarterback was a risk?

It's become the exact opposite as the 2016 season approaches. With more and more emphasis on the passing game, more concern for the high rate of injury to tailbacks and several teams sharing carries, it's almost a bad investment to grab an RB early.

Aside from Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson and rookie Ezekiel Elliot, most other running backs are stretches in the first round this season. Here's a look at where that trio and 37 more fall on Metro's running back list:

1. Todd Gurley, Rams

2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings 

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboy

4. David Johnson, Cardinals

5. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

6. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

7. Doug Martin, Buccaneers

8. Lamar Miller, Texans

9. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks

10. Eddie Lacy, Packers

11. LeSean McCoy, Bills

12. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

13. Mark Ingram, Saints

14. Matt Forte, Jets

15. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

16. C.J. Anderson, Broncos

17. DeMarco Murray, Titans

18. Latavius Murray, Raiders

19. Jeremy Hill, Bengals

20. Ryan Mathews, Eagles

21. Dion Lewis, Patriots

22. Jeremy Langford, Bears

23. Carlos Hyde, 49ers

24. Duke Johnson Jr., Browns

25. Matt Jones, Redskins

26. Melvin Gordon, Chargers

27. Arian Foster, Dolphins

28. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers

29. Frank Gore, Colts

30. Ameer Abdullah, Lions

31. Rashad Jennings, Giants

32. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars

33. Giovani Bernard, Bengals

34. Chris Ivory, Jaguars

35. Justin Forsett, Ravens

36. Danny Woodhead, Chargers

37. Bilal Powell, Jets

38. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots

39. Derrick Henry, Titans

40. Tevin Coleman, Falcons