Former Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah, a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL draft, has been named an instant-impact rookie by longtime NFL analyst Gil Brandt.

In a recent post, Brandt points to Abdullah's proven track record at NU, as well as the various talents he put on display while rushing for three straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Huskers.

"Abdullah left Nebraska with the second-most rushing yards (4,588) in school history," Brandt writes. "The very strong and quick back should fill the void left in Detroit by Reggie Bush. He'll make for a great third-down back, as he can catch the ball, run the screen and run the draw. He's a very dangerous runner, receiver and returner."

Of course, Abdullah says he's anything but a "third-down back" — he wants to have a much bigger impact.

Twelve rookies were highlighted in all, including former Big Ten stars Tevin Coleman (RB, Atlanta), Melvin Gordon (RB, San Diego), Brandon Scherff (OL, Washington) and Maxx Williams (TE, Baltimore).

Brandt clearly thinks Abdullah will be a good fit in Detroit, but you might want to check out "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe and co-host Joe Ganz's take on the topic. Also, see The World-Herald's complete analysis of the Huskers' NFL draft history.

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