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Photo of Mikel Leshoure
Mikel Leshoure (RB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    227 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 5/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Illinois
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Detroit Lions
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 25 (57)

Pick Analysis: Martin Mayhew adds a big, rugged running back to the Lions' rotation. He is productive between the tackles and allows Jahvid Best to slide into a role as a change-of-pace back. The combination of Leshoure and Best gives the team a formidable tandem to trot out behind Matthew Stafford.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.59 sec
  • Bench Press21.0 reps
  • 3 Cone Drill6.82 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.4 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

With some improvements on third down, Leshoure has the size, athleticism and competitiveness to develop into an every-down back. Displays very good burst and quickness for a big back, can get the corner and make defenders miss, but does not have elite speed. Possesses the power to break tackles, push the pile and find the end zone near the goal line, but needs to do a better job of staying low. Has the size and mentality to become an effective pass blocker and the athleticism to turn into a weapon in the passing game but is currently raw in both areas. Leshoure is a second-round prospect.


Strengths

Leshoure has the size and speed of an NFL load back. Runs hard. Productive around the goal line. Has enough burst to get to the perimeter and has good agility for a big back. Can shake defenders in the box and run through arm tackles. Willing pass protector and flashes receiving potential.

Weaknesses

Vision is solid and improving but needs to get better at finding his holes. Will spend too much time dancing in the backfield. Lacks the top-end speed to get the seam and go for six. Needs to improve his route-running and do a better job catching away from body. Pass-blocking technique needs improvement.

Grade

7.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Lions take Mikel Leshoure No. 57

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 08:17 p.m.

    A Lions fan announces Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure as the Lions' selection with the 57th overall pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - RB Mikel LeShoure, Illinois

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 01:21 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Mikel Leshoure

    Published: March 7, 2011 at 06:04 p.m.

    Watch Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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