Mikel LeShoure Scouting Report

Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois #5

Ht: 6’0

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Powerful downhill runner. Big strong legs; able to push to pile. Breaks through arm tackles with ease. Gets up to full speed quickly. Hits the hole with a powerful burst. Decent speed for his size.
Weaknesses:
Not very elusive; he’ll run over people, but he won’t make them miss in the open field. Doesn’t appear to have great vision; runs full speed ahead whether the hole is there or not. Limited experience as a receiver out of the backfield. Already comes with a decent amount of wear and tear; averaged 22.9 touches per game in 2010. Legitimate character concerns. Missed time in 2008 after breaking his jaw in a fight with a teammate. Suspended in 2009 for violating team rules.
Comments:
LeShoure is essentially Rashard Mendenhall 2.0. Like Mendenhall he burst onto the scene with a monster junior year and immediately turned pro. LeShoure’s season was even more impressive than Mendenhall’s due to the fact that he was really the only offensive weapon for the Illini. Defenses knew what was coming and he still averaged over six yards per carry. He lacks the agility and elusiveness to be considered an elite prospect, but is definitely starter material. He should be a productive NFL running back from day one, especially if he shares the workload with a smaller, faster running mate.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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