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.
These guys claim to be insiders and super knowledgable yet haven't even updated for the Titans Rams comp pick trade which gives the Rams Rd3(5) pick, which has been official since last Thursday. Talk about phoning it in what a pile of garbage.
Jabrill Peppers would not fit Tampa's defense. He is a safety, but the certain safety that would be compatible with their defense. The Bucs had a guy similar to him in Mark Barron who is now with the Rams, because he did not fit the defense. The Bucs taking Peppers would be dumber than trading up for Roberto Aguayo, IMO.