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Lions host Todd Gurley for pre-draft visit

Georgia running back Todd Gurley visited the Detroit Lions on Monday.

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After releasing Reggie Bush last month, the Detroit Lions are in the market for help at running back. Given how free agency has played out so far, it's pretty clear that help at running back will come in the form of a draft pick.

One possible option for the Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft is Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who actually visited the team on Monday. Gurley is the second running back to take a pre-draft visit with the Lions, as Indiana's Tevin Coleman previously stopped by earlier this month.

The idea of drafting Gurley is a very intriguing one for a variety of reasons. For starters, the Lions would likely have to select him in the first round -- assuming he even falls to No. 23, that is -- and that would mean using your first pick on a player coming off a torn ACL. There's no reason to think that Gurley won't be 100 percent once he finishes his rehab, but still, there's some risk that would come along with taking him.

At the same time, Gurley tearing his ACL might be the only reason the Lions even have a shot at drafting him. Last season, in only six total games, Gurley rushed for 911 yards and nine touchdowns, and he averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Overall, in three seasons with the Bulldogs, Gurley racked up 3,285 rushing yards at an average of 6.4 yards per carry, and he had 36 rushing touchdowns. On top of that, he had six receiving touchdowns and also took two kick returns back for scores.

If Gurley is on the board when the Lions go on the clock, they will have a tough decision to make. There are going to be positions with more need than running back, and the Lions might be better off focusing on building their offensive and defensive lines. Then again, Gurley could very well be the best player available, and he would certainly add another dimension to the Lions' backfield.

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