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Detroit Lions Drafted Running Backs

The Detroit Lions have selected 82 Running Backs in their team history (81 drafts). The Lions have drafted 14 Running Backs in the first round. The highest drafted RB was Glenn Davis drafted in round 1 in 1947 out of Army. Some of the top drafted Lions Running Backs were Barry Sanders drafted in round 1 in 1989 out of Oklahoma State, Billy Sims drafted in round 1 in 1980 out of Oklahoma, Kevin Jones drafted in round 1 in 2004 out of Virginia Tech, Mel Farr drafted in round 1 in 1967 out of UCLA and Steve Owens drafted in round 1 in 1970 out of Oklahoma. View all of the Detroit Lions drafted Running Backs throughout their history.
Detroit Lions Drafted Running Backs
Year Round Selection Player College
2016 2 54   Ameer Abdullah   Nebraska
2016 5 168   Michael Burton   Rutgers
2015 2 54   Ameer Abdullah   Nebraska
2015 5 168   Michael Burton   Rutgers
2013 6 199   Theo Riddick   Notre Dame
2011 2 57   Mikel Leshoure   Illinois
2010 1 30   Jahvid Best   California
2009 6 192   Aaron Brown   Texas Christian
2008 3 64   Kevin Smith   Central Florida
2008 5 146   Jerome Felton   Furman
2006 3 74   Brian Calhoun   Wisconsin
2004 1 30   Kevin Jones   Virginia Tech
2003 4 99   Artose Pinner   Kentucky
2002 7 214   Luke Staley   Brigham Young
2000 3 81   Reuben Droughns   Oregon
1999 4 103   Sedrick Irvin   Michigan State
1997 7 206   Terry Battle   Arizona State
1995 6 192   Cory Schlesinger   Nebraska
1994 7 215   Tom Beer   Wayne State (Mich.)
1992 11 306   Ed Tillison   Northwest Missouri State
1991 8 205   Cedric Jackson   Texas Christian
1989 1 3   Barry Sanders   Oklahoma State
1988 6 142   Carl Painter   Hampton
1987 9 230   Rick Calhoun   Cal State-Fullerton
1986 2 29   Garry James   Louisiana State
1986 5 119   Oscar Smith   Nicholls State
1985 5 118   Joe McIntosh   North Carolina State
1985 8 202   Scott Caldwell   Texas-Arlington
1984 4 106   Dave D'Addio   Maryland
1982 12 319   Ricky Porter   Slippery Rock
1980 1 1   Billy Sims   Oklahoma
1980 12 307   Ray Williams   Washington State
1979 3 67   Bo Robinson   West Texas A&M
1977 3 69   Rick Kane   San Jose State
1976 1 16   Lawrence Gaines   Wyoming
1975 6 141   Horace King   Georgia
1975 8 194   Leonard Thompson   Oklahoma State
1974 3 65   Dexter Bussey   Texas-Arlington
1973 2 44   Leon Crosswhite   Oklahoma
1973 4 96   Jim Hooks   Central Oklahoma
1971 9 229   Mickey Zofko   Auburn
1970 1 19   Steve Owens   Oklahoma
1970 10 253   Bruce Maxwell   Arkansas
1969 2 34   Altie Taylor   Utah State
1967 1 7   Mel Farr   UCLA
1966 2   Nick Eddy   Notre Dame
1965 1   Tom Nowatzke   Indiana
1965 9   Bruce McLenna   Hillsdale
1964 3   Pat Batten   Hardin-Simmons
1963 10   Nick Ryder   Miami (Fla.)
1962 4   Larry Ferguson   Iowa
1959 1   Nick Pietrosante   Notre Dame
1959 9   Carl Smith   Tennessee
1959 24   Dan Chamberlain   Sacramento State
1958 6   Dan Lewis   Wisconsin
1958 14   Ken Webb   Presbyterian
1957 3   Terry Barr   Michigan
1956 1   Hopalong Cassady   Ohio State
1956 3   Don McIlhenny   Southern Methodist
1956 5   Tom Tracy   Tennessee
1955 1   Dave Middleton   Auburn
1954 3   Bill Bowman   William & Mary
1954 4   Bill Stits   UCLA
1954 6   Dick Kercher   Tulsa
1953 2   Gene Gedman   Indiana
1953 8   Lew Carpenter   Arkansas
1952 17   Hank Lauricella   Tennessee
1952 25   Byron Bailey   Washington State
1951 4   Pete D'Alonzo   Villanova
1951 6   Jack Christiansen   Colorado State
1950 3   Art Murakowski   Northwestern
1949 2   John Panelli   Notre Dame
1949 9   Chuck Drazenovich   Penn State
1949 18   Wally Triplett   Penn State
1947 1   Glenn Davis   Army
1947 26   Bill Hillman   Tennessee
1944 17 178   Elmer Madarik   Detroit
1943 18   Chet Maeda   Colorado State
1942 1   Bob Westfall   Michigan
1942 11   John Polanski   Wake Forest
1941 3   Harry Hopp   Nebraska
1941 11   Milt Piepul   Notre Dame
1938 5   Paul Szakash   Montana
1937 1   Lloyd Cardwell   Nebraska
 
 
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