With the 237th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select FB Nick Bawden from San Diego State. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder blocked for first-round pick and the nation’s 2017 rushing leader RB Rashaad Penny this past season.
Barring any trades, this was the last selection the Lions will have this year.
In Bawden’s junior season (2016), he caught 15 passes for 137 yards. In 2017, he caught 15 passes again for 103 yards– including his first touchdown.
Perhaps the biggest implication of this pick is that the Lions could actually roster a fullback this year. They did not have one on the roster a year ago and used multiple defensive players in a pinch.
Keeping a blocker-type back would likely mean one less spot for a tailback. Behind LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson, and Theo Riddick, keeping only four RBs would leave just one opening for the likes of Ameer Abdullah, Tion Green, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington.
“Quarterback turned fullback who has bought into the physicality of the fullback position and has the mangled nose to prove it. Bawden has good size and is a competent pass-catcher. The market for old-school fullbacks has shrunk, but he has the ability to find a roster home as a contributing lead blocker and pass catcher on play-action.”