Perhaps the one thing that has held the Detroit Lions back from a steady playoff run is the lack of a true running game.
Matthew Stafford is a very good quarterback, with a very good cast of weapons. Losing Eric Ebron will hurt, but not as much as the lack of a running game will hurt, if it persists for yet another season.
At No. 20, the Lions can end the charades and pick their running back of the future in Derrius Guice. Guice would be a very good fit for the Lions’ offense, serving as a powerful complement to Theo Riddick’s speed and dynamic ability.
To pigeonhole Guice as a mere power back, however, would be irrational. Guice can do it all. He has the burst to plow through the line, and once he’s in the clear, he can turn on the jets. He doesn’t quite have the speed to get around the edge on outside zone runs, but he rarely goes down upon first contact, and he can create for himself. The last Lions’ running back to do that was Barry Sanders.
The Lions can’t afford to waste Stafford’s career at quarterback, and they’ve already wasted half of it. The team is just as ready for a playoff bid as it has been in recent years, but the addition of a competent lead back could help push them over the hump.