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Anyone involved in the NFL will tell you that, no matter how much pre-draft research you do or how much film you watch, you can never be certain that the players you select in any Draft will pan out how your predict.

That, of course, works both ways with many a hyped young talent having fallen by the wayside whilst unlikely stars often emerge from the later rounds.

Surprise factor

Fortunately for the Detroit Lions it appears, at this stage at least, that their second round selection Ameer Abdullah could fall into the success category. That is after the Lions staff waxed lyrical about how the running back has revealed talents they didn't even know he had a few months ago.

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"I like Abdullah more every day," Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told the media this week.

"He didn't get a chance maybe to show everything he can do as a receiver at Nebraska, but he's even better in that phase of the game than I thought."

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Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was quick to back up the glowing review, adding it didn't take him long to become aware of Abdullah's unexpected talents.

With veteran RB Reggie Bush having been released and Joique Bell continuing to rehab following a second successive offseason surgery, some Detroit Lions had been concerned about how the franchise were going to make good on improving a rushing offense that had ranked a lowly 28th in the NFL in 2014.

Rising up the depth chart

Having a youthful pass catching back on their depth chart is certainly one way to go about it. Abdullah was, at one time during his college career, talked about as a Heisman candidate and rush for over 3,200 yards in his final two years at Nebraska.

Joique Bell remains the number one running back at this stage but Lions fans will be excited to hear that their recent arrival is excelling in the early stages of his NFL career.

With Bell approaching his 29th birthday, and having failed to have a true breakout year as yet in the NFL, Detroit might begin to lean towards using Abdullah more and more as the 2015 season approaches. Especially if he continues to impress so much on the practice field.

Lions fans: Who do you trust to be the team's starting running back in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...

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