2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Detroit Lions Running Back Prospects

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4. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah is a much tougher running back than his body size may initially lead you to believe. He stands just 5-foot-9, and weighs 205 pounds — but it’s possible that 50 percent of his body weight is attributed to the muscle in his legs alone.

His low center of gravity combined with great agility and flexible ankles make decisive cuts a thing of ease for the former Nebraska Cornhusker. He also sees the field very well, and is able to make snap decisions as to which holes in the line to hit.

Some question his overall speed, (especially after his 4.60-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine), but his style of running is more about his ability to find the open field, and what he can do once he gets there. He is great at making people miss, and has no problems catching the ball out of the backfield. (Another large plus in Joe Lombardi’s offense.)

He has a similar style to former NFL running back Warrick Dunn, and would be a great addition in the third round.

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