NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Ameer Abdullah

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A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

Note: When the Lions released Reggie Bush, they made it clear they wanted to revamp their running back corps. With Bush departed, there is ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They will add another back before training camp, likely through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman and Duke Johnson. Part V of our film series spotlights Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah.

One of the few senior RBs from this class, Ameer Abdullah is a decisive, fearless runner who is far more physical than his diminutive size would suggest. Continue reading

NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Duke Johnson

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A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

Note: When the Lions released Reggie Bush, they made it clear they wanted to revamp their running back corps. With Bush departed, there is ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They will add another back before training camp, likely through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and Tevin Coleman. Part IV of our film series spotlights Duke Johnson, Miami (FL).

A decorated five-star high school recruit out of Miami, FL, Duke Johnson surpassed his own hype and put together one of the finest careers in the illustrious history of Miami football. Continue reading

NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman

This article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

Note: When the Lions released Reggie Bush, they made it clear they wanted to revamp their running back corps. With Bush departed, there is ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They will add another back before training camp, likely through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. We’ve already studied Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon. Part III of our film series spotlights Indiana’s Tevin Coleman.

Despite breaking his right big toe in week five of the 2014 season, Tevin Coleman ran rampant on opponents and re-wrote the Indiana record books. Continue reading

NFL Draft Film Study: Melvin Gordon

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A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

With the release of Reggie Bush last week, the Detroit Lions could be looking to revamp their running back corps. I wrote at the conclusion of the season that running back should be one of the top priorities this offseason. With Bush gone, there is now ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They are likely to add another back before training camp, possibly through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. Last week we looked at Todd Gurley. Next up is Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. 

Wisconsin running backs have not had their collegiate success translate to the NFL in recent years. The team has always had beefy, well-coached offensive lines to open cavernous running lanes for its ball carriers. Continue reading