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Lions must dive in deep draft pool for running backs

Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL Draft, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions’ roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Running back

There’s only one back in this class the Lions essentially have no shot of scoring, at least without paying the steep price to significantly move up the board. Saquon Barkley, the seemingly can’t-miss Penn State standout, has been called the draft’s best player by several analysts and is all but guaranteed to be a top-10 selection.

Everyone else remains in play for Detroit, including LSU’s Derrius Guice, if he’s still on the board when the Lions are on the clock at No. 20.

The Lions signed Lang as a free agent last year, despite the fact the eight-year veteran was coming off hip surgery. When the team was beginning its offseason program in 2017, he was just getting off crutches. He didn’t begin practicing until training camp, and even then, it was on a limited basis.

Despite being banged up much of last season, Lang appeared in 13 games and was Detroit’s best offensive lineman, earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He acknowledged he was frustrated by his injuries, but said he’s well beyond thinking about last year.

At the time, it was frustrating, but right now, I don’t think there’s one guy in the locker room who is talking about last year, he said. It’s well-documented the things that we went through, especially as an offensive line, injury-wise and obviously performance. We’re not going to (linger) on that. We’re going to try to learn from our mistakes, got some new guys in that room, it’s a totally different team this year. We’re going to have to figure out what we do well and move forward from there.

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