Inexperienced taking handoffs in traditional offense
Can improve receiving and blocking skills
Runs high at times opening himself up to big hits
Character red flags
Summary: Mikel Leshoure first has to answer for character concerns. A fight with a teammate in 2008 left him with a broken jaw. The next year, he was suspended for violating team rules.
Even if he put that behind him and produced a dominant season, those transgressions likely push him out of the first-round conversation. However, on the field he has great potential. Backs capable of playing on three downs are going extinct in the NFL. Leshoure has that type of ability with a little work. Also working in his favor is having only carried the ball 424 times at Illinois. It hurts him in the experience department, but he has plenty of tread left on his tires, so to speak.
Player Comparison: Cedric Benson. Clearly Benson was the more hyped prospect leading up to the 2005 NFL Draft and was selected fourth overall. However, the runners are of similar build and get by on power more than speed. Benson also was flagged for character leading up to the draft although obviously the Bears overlooked his transgressions. On the field, I think they are both tough runners with the hands to catch some passes.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.