The Lions could take Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the No. 23 pick in the NFL draft, USA Today predicts in a post-combine mock draft.
Gordon, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, posted the fifth best time (4.52 seconds) in the 40-yard dash among running backs at the combine during the weekend in Indianapolis.
His career 2,587 rushing yards ranks second and he briefly held the single game rushing record with 408 yards against Nebraska in November before Oklahoma's Samaje Perine shattered it with his 427 yards against Kansas a week later.
On the Lions taking Gordon, USA Today's Nate Davis wrote: "The Lions could be searching for defensive tackles depending on what happens in free agency, but they may also be trying to replace Reggie Bush. Snapping up Gordon would be one way to keep a potentially revamped defense off the field longer with no comparable penetrating linemen similar to Ndamukong Suh or Nick Fairley available here."
In mock drafts preceding the combine, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both had the Lions taking Texas 6-foot-3, 317-pound defensive tackle Malcom Brown, citing the possible departure of All-Pro DT Ndamukong Suh to free agency.
The USA Today mock draft lists Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes going to the Dolphins with the No. 14 pick and Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess taken by the Chiefs with the No. 18 selection.