If there was an award for "Best Nickname in NFL Draft," that honor belongs to the University of Central Florida's Kevin Smith. "24K" (Smith's number/jersey color) was nabbed by the Lions with the first pick in the third round (which required another trade-up).
When watching any video highlight of Smith, you can't help but appreciate his style of play. Smith was used heavily at UCF, setting the NCAA single-season rushing attempt mark (450) his final year, resulting in 2,566 rushing yards -- just over 60 yards shy of the Division I mark set by former Lion great Barry Sanders. Although he'll split time with Tatum Bell, Smith will transition well into Detroit's new zone running scheme; he runs North-to-South on a mission, breaks tackles and can outrun most linebackers and defensive backs.
Currently, Detroit has Bell, Aveion Cason and former third-round running back selection Brian Calhoun. With the addition of Smith, it looks as though Cason or Calhoun and maybe both will be looking for a job once the team makes its training camp trimmings.
Below is analysis from former league scout and Scout.com draft analyst Tom Marino ...
8. Kevin Smith, RB, UCF
40: 4.51v Ht: 6011v Wt: 217v Rating: 1.292
Has good vision, balance, and lower body surge. Can breaks secured tackles and finishes. Is not an elusive runner but is a strong legged runner with the speed to run away from 2nd and 3rd level people. Has a low center of gravity and showed the ability to hit a point and go. Marginal down the field receiver.. (struggles to catch) Under rated and (under)appreciated player. Not flashy, but does a lot of positive things during the course of a game. Rd 3 consideration.