20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, LSU, RB
The Detroit Lions fixed their running back issues this offseason by signing LeGarrette Blount who was most recently part of the Philadelphia Eagles, right? Well, not really.
Blount is a solid player and averaged 4.4 yards per carry one 2017, but he is 31 years old. He could be a great addition for a year — and could bring great luck since he won a title with New England two seasons ago and the Eagles this past season. Even with him there, Detroit needs a long-term answer and Ameer Abdullah gives little faith he can be that.
Here they get a fantastic runner in Derrius Guice out of LSU. A hard runner, Guice is similar to Blount in that he can wear defenses down with the power he runs the ball with. Unlike Blount, he also has the speed to take it to the house if he finds an opening.
The one area he needs to improve upon is his pass catching. He had a career high 18 catches as a junior, so to be part of the pass happy Lions offense he will need to get involved there. That shouldn’t be a problem as his lack of catches was more indicative of their system in LSU.
Guice will be a big help to quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has had to do an awful lot on his own in recent years.