A 1500/500 yard back isn't the "elite big man" of the NBA and the 1000/1000 threats are the "elite guards."
I'd argue that building around a player like Faulk would be easier than someone like Tomlinson. Obviously both are great, but different.
Faulk presented problems for a defense that really no other running back did to the degree that he did. He ran wide reciever patterns, was elusive as hell in the open field, knew how to get in the endzone...and he could run the ball. There wasn't a thing he couldn't do out there at an elite level.