Detroit Lions headlines: First round running back or pass rusher?

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01: Derrius Guice
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01: Derrius Guice /

What are the chances the Detroit Lions draft a running back in the first round? We’ll explore all angles of that question in today’s headlines.

Less than a week out before the start of the 2018 NFL Draft, the biggest question heading into the event for the Detroit Lions is which prospect will be their first round selection?

The Lions could go in several different directions with the 20th overall pick. But in today’s headlines, we’ll focus on two positions: Running back and pass rusher.

In deep RB draft, Detroit Lions’ best bet might be waiting – Detroit Free Press

The biggest argument against the Lions drafting a running back in the first round, outside of their other needs, is the fact this is a pass-first offense. And that doesn’t figure to change with Jim Bob Cooter retaining his role as offensive coordinator in Detroit.

When Lions might draft a running back –

This will be a lingering question during the draft until the Lions actually select a running back. With the offseason acquisition of veteran LeGarrette Blount, Detroit has given themselves a bit of breathing room. So depending upon which of these prospects the Lions really like, the team can wait as long as they want to draft their workhorse. But should they?

Detroit Lions must strongly consider RB in first round of NFL draft – Detroit Free Press

Regardless if the Lions are a run-second offense, you want the best possible running back touting the rock for you, making the most of those limited opportunities. At 20th overall, that player appears to be LSU’s Derrius Guice. One thing is for sure. Detroit should not settle for another role player at the position. They have a roster full of those.

Niyo: Why drafting pass rusher is Lions’ best move – The Detroit News

If running back is ignored in the first round, pass rusher could be the area on need the Lions chose to address. Especially considering that Ziggy Ansah is on a one-year franchise tag and Kerry Hyder Jr. is coming off a major season-ending injury.

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Mike Mayock’s 2018 NFL Draft prospect-team connections –

If pass rusher is the pick in the first round for Detroit, Mayock believes UTSA’s Marcus Davenport could be the selection. Rated the top pass rusher behind N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb, Davenport is a bit of a developmental player with a very high-ceiling. He could be the perfect pick for the Motor City, who can afford to wait a year for him to develop.