Detroit Lions NFL Draft Countdown: 21 Days

Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!

We’ve reached the three week point, 21 days remain until the first round of the NFL draft. The running back position might be more of a need than most people think and the number 21 is one of the reasons why.

Aaron Brown was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft to add the dimension of speed. He has struggled to find a role in the offense and has just 36 offensive touches in his two years as a pro. What does the future hold? Not much according to Lions beat writer Dave Birkett:

For all practical purposes, probably RT @LionsFan1977: Is Aaron Brown done as a Detroit Lion?

With Kevin Smith already out of town and Maurice Morris entering his tenth NFL season, the Lions long term plans at running back don’t extended beyond Jahvid Best. Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure has visited the Lions, could he be in their sights in the second round? Perhaps, but it probably depends on what happens in the first round. If Prince Amukamara falls to the Lions in the first round then the Lions may be more likely to fill a secondary need like running back with their second pick. If the Lions are forced into a pick based on value (offensive tackle or defensive end) then they may be forced to look at corners and linebackers in round two. Running back could remain an option beyond the second round but the chances increase that they end up with another Kevin Smith or Aaron Brown.

Players drafted number 21 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Pete Smith (1938), Bill Fisk (1940), Bob Bell (1971), Johnnie Morton (1994)

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