2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Mikel LeShoure
Mikel LeShoure has surely made an impact for the Fighting Illini of Illinois. The former three star recruit out of Centennial High School in Champaign came out of nowhere in 2010 to boost his draft stock quite a bit.
LeShoure doesn’t have a ton of starting experience with Illinois, but he has made a big impact in the time that he has spent on the field. He looks to become one of the first running backs drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Player Name: Mikel LeShoure
Position: Running Back
LeShoure is a very powerful, downhill runner who doesn’t go down easily. He is aggressive when running between the tackles, and seems to run like it’s his last carry ever. LeShoure has good patience and above average vision. He waits for his blockers to set up and cuts off of them with ease. While he’s not the most agile back he can make defenders miss in the open field. His ability to catch well out of the backfield is improving as he has shown soft hands in 2010. He does a nice job of churning his legs through the defender and refuses to go down by the first touch.
He hasn’t produced much in the NCAA, having only fully started for one season. He could be a bit of a one year wonder. Sometimes he tends to run a bit high, and doesn’t charge into defenders with a low shoulder. His top end speed isn’t very good, although it’s not expected of a man that’s 230+ pounds. He lost around 15-20 pounds prior to his 2010 season, and may have character concerns as he was involved in fight with a teammate in 2009. LeShoure is just mediocre in pass protection and will need to work on that as well, if he plans to be an every down back in the NFL.
LeShoure has the talent to sneak into the first round, but teams are beginning the find legit running backs in the later rounds, and are less inclined to draft a running back early.
With that being said, it’s still very possible that a team like New Orleans, New England, Miami, or Kansas City looks to grab him in that 20-30 range. I think his value lies most with a team in the second round where he will find more value. Teams like Carolina, Denver, Arizona, and San Francisco will all give LeShoure a nice look in the early second round.
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