Holdouts and potential holdouts are all the rage these days, with Julio Jones, Aaron Donald and David Johnson among the players missing mandatory minicamps, seeking new contracts. Considering Johnson's prominent role in the Cardinals offense, it makes sense for those in deep dynasty leagues to take a look at fourth-rounder Chase Edmonds.

Edmonds came out of tiny Fordham, not exactly an NFL factory. He's one of only two players (another Cardinal, fifth-round quarterback John Skelton, in 2010) selected out of that school since 1968. Not that there's no NFL pedigree, considering Vince Lombardi went there. But not much of a track record for their football players.

At 5-f0ot-9 and 205 pounds, Edmonds doesn't offer the size teams typically look for in lead backs. But not much to beat out in Arizona if Johnson winds up holding out: Elijhaa Penny, D.J. Foster, T.J. Logan.

Looking at fourth-round running backs this century, the odds of a rookie-year impact are slight, long-term contributions somewhat better. A total of five fourth-rounders have finished as top-30 running backs in their rookie seasons (1 point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, 6 for touchdowns). On Edmonds' behalf, there's been exactly one such back in each of the last four years, with Packer Jamaal Williams managing it in 2017.

Table shows all fourth-rounders this century who have finished in the top-50 among running backs in their rookie seasons. It includes all fourth-rounders who at least put up 100 total yards in their rookie seasons, as well as players who didn't but either went on to have a noteworthy season or two in their careers, or guys who it's too soon to say on (that's right Donnel Pumphrey and Joe Williams, I'm talking about you). The 2017 fourth-rounders are in bold.

FOURTH-ROUND RUNNING BACKS, 2000-2017
YearPlayerRunRecTotTDRk
2003Domanick Davis, Hou.10313511382815
2014Andre Williams, NYG721130851721
2015Jeremy Langford, Chi.537279816724
2016Devontae Booker, Den.612265877527
2017Jamaal Williams, G.B.556262818629
2011Roy Helu, Wash.6403791019331
2006Leon Washington, NYJ650270920435
2005Marion Barber, Dall.538115653535
2015Javorius Allen, Balt.514353867336
2003Onterrio Smith, Minn.579129708536
2017Samaje Perine, Wash.603182785241
2001Correll Buckhalter, Phil.586130716241
2017Tarik Cohen, Chi.370353723342
2017Marlon Mack, Ind.358225583447
2011Kendall Hunter, S.F.473195668247
2017Wayne Gallman, NYG476193669150
2008Tashard Choice, Dall.4721856572--
2004Mewelde Moore, Minn.3792386170--
2002Jonathan Wells, Hou.529485773--
2016Kenneth Dixon, Balt.3821625443--
2014Devonta Freeman, Atl.2482254732--
2012Robert Turbin, Sea.3541814350--
2014Lorenzo Taliaferro, Balt.2921144064--
2003Quentin Griffin, Den.345614060--
2003LaBrandon Toefield, Jac.2121053173--
2012Lamar Miller, Mia.250452951--
2003Justin Griffith, Atl.1681222902--
2003Lee Suggs, Clev.28902892--
2014DeAnthony Thomas, K.C.1131562692--
2002Najeh Davenport, G.B.184332171--
2014KaDeem Carey, Chi.158572150--
2010Joe McKnight, NYJ189202090--
2013Johnathan Franklin, G.B.107301371--
2005Brandon Jacobs, NYG990997--
2015Mike Davis, S.F.5838960--
2009Mike Goodson, Car.4915640--
2014James White, N.E.3823610--
2005Darren Sproles, S.D.5010600--
2011Bilal Powell, NYJ217280--
2016Tyler Ervin, Hou.318210--
2017Donnel Pumphrey, Phil.0000--
2017Joe Williams, S.F.0000--
2007Michael Bush, Oak.0000--
2001Rudi Johnson, Cin.0000--

There have been some credible fourth-round picks, even among the players who did nothing as rookies. Devonta Freeman, most notably, and also Lamar Miller, Darren Sproles and Bilal Powell. But not a lot of stars over the years, and probably not enough rookie performers to make Edmonds worth selecting as anything other than a last-round handcuff for those who select Johnson.

--Andy Richardson