Running backs continue to evolve

The proliferation of 3-4 defenses has led to changes in philosophy at running back

Originally Published: May 13, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Jim Schwartz, the bright coach of the Detroit Lions, made an interesting post-draft comment explaining why the Lions selected Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure in the second round.

Leshoure will become the Lions' big back, a 6-foot, 227-pound rusher. His selection came a year after the Lions used a first-round pick on Jahvid Best, who's explosive and quick at 5-10 and 199 pounds. Schwartz's explanation is another illustration of how the running back position is evolving.

"There's ...

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