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By Eric Edholm

Thought the Lions were done with Ndamukong Suh? Oh no.

With the defensive tackle in tow, you could make the argument — seriously — that running back might have been their next-biggest need.

Enter Jahvid Best.

I am sure Lions fans will get a lump in their stomach thinking about the last time the team traded for the 30th pick in the draft to take a running back (Kevin Jones), but this is a different situation.

Best helps the team in two areas — as a runner and as a kick returner. He’s one of the two or three fastest guys in the entire draft, and maybe a shade less explosive than C.J. Spiller. The knock on him always has been durability. Otherwise, he’s a special game-breaker.

Defense? Heh. The Lions went for explosion.

Giving up a fourth-round pick to move up four spots might be the only questionable part of this. The Colts likely were not going RB, and they probably weren’t dealing out. The Saints certainly were not thinking about Best. Maybe it’s the Rams they feared; not the Rams, per se, but another team via trade. Still, it’s a bit of an expensive move.

That said, the Lions got yet another weapon for Matthew Stafford — Best can line up wide, which he did in college a bunch — and got a big boost on special teams. The return teams have been a major sore spot.


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