Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season that his biggest regret was not finding a suitable replacement for Jahvid Best, something he intends to do this offseason, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
"We need that shifty back that can come in and be that change-of-pace guy who can catch passes out of the backfield, a guy that can run routes and get one-on-one with a linebacker," Mayhew said. "That's what Jahvid gave us, a guy with some juice, some elusiveness."
Birkett pegs a few guys who the Lions may target in the draft.
"[Oregon's Kenjon] Barner, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor and Florida's Mike Gillislee were the most impressive backs during Senior Bowl practices this week," he wrote. "Taylor is the most complete of the three, though he lacks Barner's speed. Clemson's Andre Ellington, another burner, pulled out after one practice with a hamstring injury."
The Lions may be a little gun shy about going with Barner, because he suffered a serious concussion in 2010 that forced him to miss several weeks. Although Barner hasn't had any concussion problems since then, a head injury has kept Best off the field since midway through the 2011 season, so the Lions may not want to risk it.