Lions have need for a running back but it's a weak class

The Detroit Lions face a conundrum. They need a running back in this draft and there isn’t one even worthy of discussion at No. 2 where they sit in the first round of the draft.

Problem is, it’s considered a very weak class for running backs so the pickings at the top of the second round might not be very good either. John Niyo of the Detroit News reports that the club is expected to draft a back early. Kevin Smith, selected with the second pick of the third round in 2008, is recovering from a torn ACL. He was expected to really break out last season.

Smith followed Kevin Jones, who the Lions drafted in the first round in 2004. The club has had trouble settling the position. With quarterback Matthew Stafford in place and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions need a back they can rely on.

Going the draft route is the smart move to make, but there just aren’t a lot of options. Clemson’s C.J. Spiller might be the only back taken in the first round. It’s possible Detroit will be able to choose between Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews and Cal’s Jahvid Best in round two, but with the considerable defensive needs the team has, can it afford to roll the dice with one of those players? Stay tuned.

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