Today the Detroit Lions hosted draft prospect Mikel Leshoure.
The 6-0, 230 pound running back out of Illinois enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Lions’ coaching and front office staff, noting that they made him feel welcomed in what has been a sometimes overwhelming experience.
Leshoure: “This whole experience, starting from the combine, has been a lot. Some of the process has been a little overwhelming, but for the most part it has been a dream come true. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of since I was a little boy and to finally be living my dream is very exciting.”
After a productive junior season in 2010 at Illinois, breaking the single-season school record with 1,697 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, Leshoure opted to declare for the draft and is confident that he has plenty to offer an NFL offense.
Leshoure: “I think I can bring versatility and leadership to an offense, especially for my position. I feel like I can run in between the tackles, but I can also run outside of the tackles and hit the perimeters at times to make guys miss.
“I think the thing that sets me apart from the other running backs is my ability to catch the ball. Whether it’s swing routes, or five- 10-yard routes, or even downfield, I’m very confident with my hands.”
If Leshoure were given the opportunity to come to Detroit, he’d be thrilled to play alongside second-year RB Jahvid Best, who he’s watched throughout college.
Leshoure: “I definitely know the way he plays. He’s a real flashy, fast guy; he makes guys miss and I definitely think I could be a compliment to him and his style.”
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