Lions draft Abdullah, potential Bush replacement

Ryan Wood
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Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah could replace Reggie Bush for the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions already did their best to replace Ndamukong Suh this offseason when they traded for Baltimore Ravens tackle Haloti Ngata. In the second round Friday night, they replaced another big-name departure on the offensive side.

The Lions drafted Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah with the 53rd overall pick in the second round. Abdullah, a dual-threat running back, could be the Lions' solution to replace departed tailback Reggie Bush.

Abdullah rushed for 1,611 yards, 19 touchdowns and averaged 6.1 yards per carry as a senior at Nebraska. He also caught 22 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Abdullah will give the Lions options with how to use him in their offense.

Abdullah is undersized at 5-foot-8 3/4, 205 pounds. He's more shifty and elusive than fast, running a 4.6-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.

Continue checking throughout the night for full coverage of the NFL draft's second and third round. The Packers are currently scheduled to make the No. 62 pick in the second round, and the No. 94 pick in the third round.

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