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With the Lions final pick of the NFL draft they will look to get a powerful short yardage running back to complement Jahvid Best and Maurice Morris.
The ideal pick would be Evan Royster. A standout back for Penn State, Royster is a hard running 6'1", 230 lbs charger who has a great combination of balance and power. He is very patient reading his blocks, and runs well behind his pads with great leg drive.
Royster will drop because of his lack of athletic ability and agility to be an every down back. However, he is adept at blocking and in the receiving game, and would be a solid addition to the team.
Fanin is a completely different prospect. While Royster will give team a solid, hard runner who has already peaked, Fanin has the physical skills to be a featured back. He ran a 4.38 40 at his college day at 230 lbs, can make defenders miss and has explosive acceleration. He is also a good receiver.
However, Fanin has yet to grasp the complexities of running the football. He rarely spots cut back lanes, bounces runs outside far too much and takes far too long reading his blocks, which leads to many negative plays.
If Fanin "gets it" then he would be as much as a steal as LeGarrette Blount was last year. However, if he does not then he would be nothing more than a short yardage battering ram for the Lions.