Oregon running back LaMichael James could be part of that plan. James visited with the Lions on Wednesday as one of the 30 pre-draft visits from prospects the Lions are allowed before draft day. James ran for 5,082 yards and scored 57 touchdowns in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense over his three years with the Ducks. He realizes he wouldn’t be playing such a featured role in Detroit.
“I feel like if I came here I would be just another weapon in the arsenal,” James said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press. “They have a lot of great players, a lot of great running backs and I would just get in where I fit in.”
There’s been some talk of re-signing Kevin Smith in Detroit, although nothing has happened on that front as yet. James projects as a second day pick come April and the Lions might prefer his upside to what they’ve already seen from Smith.