Yes, the Lions don’t really need a running back, with D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams holding down the top two spots on the depth chart for at least next season. Craig Reynolds also showed he belonged during a run as the lead back last season. But to ignore the volatility of the position is short-sighted, Williams is only under contract through 2022 and Swift has to prove he can stay healthy. So a late-round pick could be in order.
McCormick is small (5-foot-9) but stout (205 pounds), and he showed he can handle a workhorse role with 548 carries over his last two seasons at UTSA. After finishing second in the FBS in rushing yards in 2020 (1,467), he finished seventh last season (1,479 yards). He also had 11 and 15 rushing scores in his final two seasons, respectively, with 66 catches over his three seasons as a Road Runner (over 8.0 yards per catch twice).
McCormick wouldn’t be anointed as the Lions’ future lead back upon arrival. But he has the potential to become that for whatever team he lands on, and in the seventh round it was easy to take a flier on it for Detroit.