Scouting Report on Lions RB Mikel LeShoure

Another year, another trade to grab a running back, as the Detroit Lions draft Mikel LeShoure. Complete analysis and predraft scouting report, including comments from Lions draft expert Josh Liskiewitz on LeShoure's addition.

(Editor's Note: Detroit traded its third (75th) and fourth round picks (107th) to move to 57th in the second-ground, nabbing Illinois product Mikel LeShoure; the team also swapped spots in the fifth and seventh rounds with Seattle)

Mikel LeShoure

5:11.5 -- 227 -- 4.65

Lions draft expert Josh Liskiewitz's Take: Detroit brought LeShoure to team headquarters for a visit on March 29th. He is a big back that is capable of running with power between the tackles but separates himself from the higher-ranked Mark Ingram with his surprising speed and quickness on the edge. He is also an excellent blocker, which will be a necessity to complement the explosive Jahvid Best.

Good News: Good balance and power…Can run through arm tackles and bowl over defensive backs in the second level…Exceptionally quick feet and nimble for a player his size…Solid vision to find cutback lanes and great burst allows him to take advantage.

Bad News: Runs too high at times…Speed is good for a player his size but not great overall and won't pull away from a lot of NFL defenses…Will need to improve in pass protection…Flashes productivity as a receiver but catches a lot of balls with his body…Suspended in 2009 for violation of team rules

2010 Statistics: Second-team All-American and Texas Bowl MVP…Gained 1,697 yards with 17 touchdowns on 281 carries (6.04 ypc)…Added 193 yards and three more scores on 17 receptions (11.35 ypc).

Prediction: Leshoure is often compared to his Fighting Illini predecessor, Rashard Mendenhall, due to similar running styles. While I don't believe Leshoure is as good a prospect as Mendenhall, he's still explosive for a power back and has the skill set to be an every-down player. Some view him as a potential late first-round pick, but barring a trade, I really don't see any suitors  in that area who need to spend that high of a pick on a running back. It's more likely you will see LeShoure chosen in the second round.

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