There are many out there that want another running back the year after selecting Ameer Abdullah with the second round pick. To me it’s a reactionary thing. The Lions finished last in rushing in 2015, so I get why some would feel that a running back would be the way to go. But it’s just not.
The Lions currently have the aforementioned Abdullah as their number one back. On top of that they also have Zach Zenner, Stevan Ridley, George Winn and most importantly, Theo Riddick. The addition of another running back will make for a pretty unnecessarily crowded back field. The truth of the matter is that the Lions have the right guys in place already to achieve what they are trying to achieve. Which is a running back by committee.
Zenner and Ridley can pound the rock, Theo Riddick can take passes from anywhere and make magic happen and Ameer Abdullah can be your in between the tackles play maker. Elliot just doesn’t fit in with this mold. Especially when it means using another high draft pick on a position you just used a high draft pick on last year.
To be quite honest, there isn’t much about Elliot that impresses me. He’s not a once in a lifetime talent. Even Mel Kiper is starting to believe that as he has him falling to the second round in his latest mock. You can all come after me if I’m wrong, but Elliot has Trent Richardson written all over him in my mind.
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