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Wednesday open thread: What round should the Detroit Lions draft a running back?

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How long should the Lions wait to draft a running back in this year’s draft?

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Of all the Detroit Lions’ most pressing needs, running back is bay far the most interesting. With Ameer Abdullah on the last year of his deal and LeGarrette Blount signed to just a one-year contract, Detroit could be grabbing a long-term running back of the future in the 2018 NFL Draft. That’s something the Lions haven’t had since... well, you know who.

But when do the Lions take a crack at drafting one? Wait too long and you’ll miss out completely. Draft too early and you may not be getting the full value out of your pick, while missing on some rarer prospects at other positions.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which round of the draft should the Lions select a running back?

My answer: If the Lions went into the 2018 season without an extra rookie running back, I don’t think it would be a disaster. Blount gives them a little flexibility for one more year, and Abdullah could be given one more chance to take on a heavy bulk of carries. The Lions could then start anew in 2019, depending on the result from the previous season.

That being said, another juicy running back draft class is sitting in front of them and it would be a shame to see the Lions pass over a set of solid prospects in back-to-back drafts.

Therefore, I think the Lions should address the running back position in the third round. It’s not too early so that they can still add some prime defensive line talent—something that appears to be much more scarce in this year’s class. It’s also not late enough where the Lions wouldn’t have a shot at a talented back. There’s a good chance that at least one of the following backs falls to the third round: Kerryon Johnson, Nick Chubb, Rashaad Penny, Royce Freeman and Sony Michel.

While waiting that long would risk missing out on some of the better backfield talent—and they could even strike out completely—it would also give the Lions the best value considering the depth of the draft and their current needs.

Your turn.

Poll

What round should the Lions address running back?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    1st
    (217 votes)
  • 45%
    2nd
    (734 votes)
  • 32%
    3rd
    (518 votes)
  • 5%
    4th
    (93 votes)
  • 1%
    5th
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    6th
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    7th
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    None
    (28 votes)
1613 votes total Vote Now