Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – RB Mikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois, 6’1 230

Position Ranking: #2

Strengths: Ideal combination of size, quickness, and playing speed for the position. Shows very good foot quickness in space and in the small areas; shook and juked defenders with his footwork and bounce. A multiple cut runner that regularly made defenders miss at the second level; much better than other running backs with similar size. Quick to hit the line of scrimmage with burst and power as he releases out. Good vision and feels the second level defenders; knows when to head straight up or take it outside.

Very well balanced and smooth in and out of his cuts; sharply hits the cutback lane and transitions his weight and speed when bouncing plays outside. Gets to top speed quickly and separates from linebackers. Runs with good pad level and consistently falls forward. A reliable pass catcher when asked and can be dangerous out in the flat and on flares. Willing in pass protection with the size to take on linebackers. Showed he could handle a heavy workload.

Needs Improvement: Doesn’t always run big or drive the pile (shows the ability). Hops around in the backfield if a crease isn’t immediate instead of using size and strength to hit the line and create a crease. Runs with finesse unnecessarily and loses yardage. Has good speed but lacks the ability to consistently separate from secondary defenders and will be caught from behind on long runs. Isn’t always patient and doesn’t allow blocking to develop downfield.

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