Mikel Leshoure to Detroit Lions: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

Leshoure, a talented 6'0", 227-pound running back out of Illinois, brings a considerable amount of promise to the NFL.

Named a second-team Associated Press All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten selection during his junior year in 2010, Leshoure set Illini records by rushing for 1,697 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns.

His 330 yards on the ground against Northwestern on Nov. 20 at Wrigley Field in Chicago broke the school’s single-game rushing record and was the highest rushing-yardage total in the nation last year.

Having overcome some personal obstacles in recent years—he broke his jaw in a fight with a teammate in 2008 and was suspended for violating team rules in 2009—Leshoure matured greatly in his junior campaign and seems ready for the leap to the next level.

“Leshoure has the power to run between the tackles, the vision to escape traffic and the burst to rip off big chunks of yardage,” says Derek Harper of The Sports Xchange.

A big, strong back who rarely fumbles, Leshoure should be a nice complement to 2010 rookie Jahvid Best, a smaller, quicker back.

Critics might complain that the Lions need some additional beef on the offensive line, which is a fair point, but this is still a good pick for the increasingly interesting Lions offense.


Draft grade: B+