Somebody in some dynasty league somewhere is still holding out hope for Kenneth Dixon. The 2016 fourth-round running back was a late-first round pick in most rookie drafts that year, but injuries and suspension have waylaid him. Is it too late for him to be a factor in Baltmore's backfield?

Most likely, yes, it is too late. Not necessarily because of the competition -- which includes Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and fourth-rounder Justice Hill -- but because Dixon is sidelined, again, during OTAs, and you can't make the club from the tub. And also because the fourth-rounder would have shown something by now if he were going to break out.

Table shows the last 15 years worth of fourth-round running backs, sorted by their second-year numbers. It's not a big deal if these guys don't do much as rookies, because they often have to wait their turn. But if they haven't shown it by Year 2, they're probably not going to.

Devonta Freeman, Atl.1056578163414
Tarik Cohen, Chi.44472511699
Marlon Mack, Ind.908103101110
Lamar Miller, Mia.7091708792
Marion Barber, Dall.65419685016
Mike Goodson, Car.4523107623
Jamaal Williams, G.B.4642106743
Michael Bush, Oak.4211625833
Bilal Powell, NYJ4371405774
Devontae Booker, Den.2992755741
Brandon Jacobs, NYG4231495729
Leon Washington, NYJ3532135663
Tashard Choice, Dall.3491324813
James White, N.E.564104666
Kendall Hunter, S.F.371604312
Antonio Pittman, N.O.2961324280
Jeremy Langford, Chi.2001423424
Robert Turbin, Sea.264603240
Joe McKnight, NYJ1341392730
Wayne Gallman, NYG176892651
Andre Williams, NYG25772641
KaDeem Carey, Chi.159191783
DeAnthony Thomas, K.C.341401742
Delone Carter, Ind.122131353
Ciatrick Fason, Minn.99191181
Alvin Pearman, Jac.89121011
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Balt.4729761
Mike Davis, S.F.5025751
Tyler Ervin, Hou.1238500
Javorius Allen, Balt.3415490
Roy Helu, Wash.245470
Jamie Harper, Tenn.308383
Samaje Perine, Wash.325370
Taiwan Jones, Oak.2111320
Jalston Fowler, Tenn.314170
Darren Sproles, S.D.0000
Kenneth Dixon, Balt.0000
Johnathan Franklin, G.B.0000
Marcus Lattimore, S.F.0000
Joe Williams, S.F.0000
Donnel Pumphrey, Phil.0000
Owen Marecic, Clev.0000
Gartrell Johnson, S.D.0000
Dwayne Wright, Buff.0000
P.J. Daniels, Balt.0000
Manuel White, Wash.0000
Andre Brown, NYG-10-10

Atop the list, sorted by total yards in year two, are some of the best fourth-rounders from recent years. Freeman, Cohen, Mack, Miller, Barber. Drop down just a little and there are some other good players: Leon Washington, James White.

Of the guys who did nothing at all in their second seasons, like Dixon, I see one noteworthy player: Darren Sproles. He was hurt that year, but has gone on to have a nice career. And then there are a couple of other guys, including another Raven, Javorius Allen, and new Bear Mike Davis. Allen had some credible seasons (recently signed with New Orleans). Davis played well in Seattle last year and could actually start in Chicago.

Maybe Dixon takes that as inspiration: it's possible. But in general, history is not his friend here.

--Andy Richardson