Last season, many expected that the offense would carry the Detroit Lions. Instead, it was the defense that took off in year one under Jim Caldwell, in part due to offensive line struggles, and injuries all around.
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While Joique Bell ran well for the Lions towards the end of last season, his performance combined with the move to cut Reggie Bush has increased the possibility the Lions could look for a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Notable Combine Measurables
225-lb Bench Press: 17 reps
Traits and Projected Round
Many had Gurley as their top running back in the 2015 NFL Draft, before he tore his ACL last season at Georgia. Some still have Gurley as the number one running back on their big board, which is a testament to his abilities. When watching Gurley’s film, there is a lot to like about him.
He runs with purpose, he catches the ball well out of the backfield, he sheds tackles– he’s the most complete back in the draft. However, he didn’t let doctors look at his knee which could be concerning to NFL teams regarding his long-term future.
In the case of the Lions, they can’t afford to miss on a first-rounder this year, and Gurley’s health is too much of a question mark. If Gurley is on the board when the Lions are picking 23rd chances are slim they take him (unless questions about his health long-term are put to rest before now and the combine).
Chances are even slimmer that they would consider trading back into the last few selections in the first round to acquire his services, but that’s something that can’t be ruled out given the Lions have done that before for a running back.
Where Gurley comes into major play for the Lions is the second round.
If the Georgia product is there when the Lions are selecting in round two than the Lions could feel pretty good about taking him. If they really like him they could trade up in the second reound to acquire his services– again, it wouldn’t be the first time the Lions used this method to draft a running back.
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