The 2015 NFL Draft has a deep class of running backs, which is why most experts don’t expect many, if any, to go in the first round. So where will this leave Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford?
The Detroit Lions just lost Reggie Bush and will be looking to replace him, either through free agency or the draft starting April 30. Langford, a native of the surrounding areas of Detroit, says he would love to play for the Lions.
"It would be nice," said Langford, who is from Wayne, Michigan, and attended Westland Glenn. "Hometown, my family could go see me whenever. So that would be good because they've been watching me since I was playing as a little kid.
"So being able to watch me in the NFL is my dream come true, and staying close to my little brother as well. So that would mean a lot."
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The Lions have the 23rd pick in the first round, but are not likely to use it on a running back. In fact, no running backs have gone in the first round since 2012. The only running back projected by some experts to go in the first round is Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
The Lions could choose to take Langford in the second round with the 54th pick overall. Langford showed very good speed in the NFL combine.
"Langford was a standout at the combine, and you can see the potential," ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said.
Langford’s 4.42-second 40-yard dash during MSU’s pro day last week was tops among running backs.
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His profile on the NFL draft site lists his weaknesses as not being able to break too many tackles and relying solely on his speed. Experts have called him a “committee back,” and peg him as a third-down back.