Lions grab elusive running back in fourth round

Similar to the Sedrick Irvin pick a few years ago, the Detroit Lions picked up Kentucky scatback Artose Pinner with their fourth round selection. A surprise pick, with several other higher rated RB's available, Pinner had a strong senior season before an injury in the Senior Bowl. Complete analysis on Pinner inside. Learn everything about the new Lions' running back.

Name:  Artose Pinner  School: Kentucky  Year: 4Sr

Ht:  5-10  Wt:  229  40:  4.63  Pos:  RB

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career numbers carrying the ball 283 times for 1,414 yards with 13 scores and catching 37 passes for 264 yards and a pair of scores.  Started three games as a junior totaling 100/441/4 on the ground with 12/115/0 as a pass catcher.  Spent his initial two seasons in the program at fullback.  Fractured an ankle during the Senior Bowl and may not be ready to play until May.

Pos: Quick footed runner who may have come into his own as a senior.  Immediately finds the running lanes, bounces it to the outside and eludes defenders.  Squirms through the traffic, keeps his feet off the initial hit and breaks tackles picking up extra yardage.  Aggressive and puts his shoulders down into defenders working his runs.  Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Not fast or one that runs to daylight.  Also not explosive through the hole.

Analysis:   Good sized interior back with solid running skills who will fight for playing time at the next level once healthy.


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