Just Want A Title Posted December 13, 2022 Share Posted December 13, 2022 (edited) Our running-game has slowed down a bit from the beginning of the year. Jamal Williams is a good RB who runs hard and has been awesome in short-yardage as well as the red-zone. D'Andre Swift hasn't been healthy most of the year and hasn't provided the "chunk plays" that we were expecting since early in the season. Justin Jackson has been solid in his role should see a few more snaps per game. Jamal Williams is a free agent and 28 years old. He has earned another contract but he might be most effective as a part of a RB-by committee than a true RB1. Given his production this year a SB contender might give Jamal WIlliams an offer we don't want to match. The same goes for Justin Jackson. Hopefully the Lions won't be complacent about upgrading their RB talent https://www.mlive.com/lions/2022/12/the-lions-are-rolling-but-their-once-mighty-running-game-is-in-decline.html Our options: Free agency: If we choose to a RB by committee there are some solid options. Miles Sanders, Tony Pollard and David Montgomery are some the options available. Samaje Perine might also be in the mix if we have to replace Justin Jackson. Draft prospects: Bijan Robinson--The RB position has been de-valued but he is rated as one of the top-15 players by most analysts with some even using the words "generation RB". He has good burst, good size, has shown good hands as a pass-catcher and runs very good routes. Here is a crazy stat I read--credited with causing 88 missed tackles which means his elusiveness and contact balance are really good. If the Lions keep winning he might be a realistic option for our second first-round pick because will be ready to contribute in almost every situation very early in his career. He isn't making it out of the first round unless something bad comes up at the combine (medicals, slow 40 or 3-cone, ect) Jahmyr Gibbs--He isn't as big as Bijan Robinson but he is a very good RB prospect. He shows very good speed and runs really good routes. His pass-blocking isn't so great but that is true of a lot of RBs coming out. He has the potential to be a homerun threat both running and receiving. He runs hard but using him in more of a power-back role might be asking too much. He seems like a better version of Tony Pollard. He may go off the board in the late first round but won't last long in the second round if he drops. Devon Archane--He is a smaller back at 5'9" and 190Lbs but his speed, acceleration and elusiveness are really good. He might be best suited to split time between playing RB and WR. If Ben Johnson works his magic to get him in space consistently he will give defenses fits. He will probably do best as a RB2/RB3 committee situation due to his size but he could bring the sizzle that we were expecting from D'Andre Swift Zach Evans--He has good size at 6'0 and 215 Lbs. He has good speed but isn't as elusive as the other RBs above (more straight-line speed). He has shown solid pass-catching skills. To me, he would be a more-skilled version of Justin Jackson. He seems like a Day 2 RB that could end up having a very good rookie season Kendre Miller--He seems like a somewhat under-rated RB. He has good size and speed and seems to already have solid blocking skills. He isn't as developed in the passing game but if he can show good running skills and block reliably in passing situations as a rookie he would make a very good addition to the Lions. He seems like a very clean RB prospect. Nakia Watson--He finally seemed to put things together for Washington St this year. He is a thick/sturdy RB with solid speed and contact balance. He isn't on most radars right now but when you are 5'11 and 230 Lbs with solid skills, he will get someone's attention. A late-round/UDFA that could get a roster spot. I left a bunch of prospects off the list intentionally. RB seems to be a position where evaluations vary the most. It is also a position where a relatively unknown prospect can step in and make an impact fairly easily. Who else should be on the radar for the Lions? Edited December 13, 2022 by Just Want A Title Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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