Mikel Leshoure
Mikel Leshoure
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mikel Leshoure in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Lions in August of 2014.
Mikel Leshoure: Visiting Colts This Week
RBFree Agent
September 4, 2014
Leshoure is slated to visit the Colts later this week, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Leshoure, who was waived by the Lions on Saturday, carries some name recognition, but if he did end up signing with the Colts, he'd still need to work his way up the team's RB depth chart, which is currently headed by Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.
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This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
227 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
Broad Jump
122 in
Bench Press
21 reps
Hand Length
9.50 in
Arm Length
32.63 in
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Leshoure appeared to be the Lions' back of the future in 2012 when he took 215 carries for 798 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 34 passes. That all changed in 2013 though when Leshoure carried the ball just twice and watched both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell have successful years in the backfield.
At 6-0, 227, Leshoure figures to be the "thunder" to Reggie Bush's "lightning" in the Lions backfield this season. After missing all of his rookie season to a torn Achilles' tendon, Leshoure proved to be a terrific goal-line back in 2012, converting 9-for-14 inside the 10-yard line. Unfortunately, that's about all Leshoure did well, as he averaged 3.7 YPC. He also dealt with nagging hamstring, calf, ankle and groin injuries and served a two-game suspension for marijuana possession to start the season. And despite 249 touches in 14 games, Leshoure's longest gain was a mere 16 yards. In a backfield crowded with Bush and Joique Bell, it would take a big improvement from Leshoure to be more than a 10-carry-per-game back with goal-line duty. Leshoure also missed some OTAs with a hamstring injury in late May, but is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.
The Lions selected Leshoure in the second round of the 2011 draft, but he tore his Achilles’ tendon in training camp, ending his rookie season before it started. While Leshoure has had a full year to recover, it’s about as serious an injury as a running back can have, so there’s hardly a guarantee he returns at 100 percent. Moreover, Jahvid Best is returning from a concussion, and Kevin Smith also re-signed during the offseason, so there are also multiple, albeit shaky, alternatives in Detroit’s backfield. To make matters worse, Leshoure was suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy after being cited twice this offseason for marijuana possession. Nonetheless, the suspension will give him extra time to recover from his Achilles’ injury, and when healthy, he’s the team’s most physical, between-the-tackles back.
The Lions selected Leshoure with 57th pick of the draft to complement Jahvid Best. At 6-0, 227, he was slated be the thunder to Best's lightning. Unfortunately, an August Achilles' injury completely derailed that plan. He's out for the year and will try to pick things up in 2012, assuming a strong recovery.
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Mikel Leshoure: Cut From Lions
RBFree Agent
August 30, 2014
Leshoure will be waived by the Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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RBDetroit Lions
August 25, 2014
Leshoure took eight carries for 44 yards in Friday's preseason win but did have a fumble in Jacksonville territory late in the game.
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RBDetroit Lions
August 15, 2014
Leshoure is likely competing with George Winn for a roster spot, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.
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RBDetroit Lions
June 8, 2014
Leshoure expects to be more involved with the Lions' offense this season, MLive.com reports.
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RBDetroit Lions
May 25, 2014
Leshoure could enjoy an active role in Detroit's offense under new coordinator Joe Lombardi, the Lions' official website reports.
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