Mikel Leshoure's top goal: Make the roster

Maybe not being a first-round draft pick has motivated Mikel Leshoure.

Whatever the case, the running back from Illinois has a defensive tackle-sized chip on his shoulder as he prepares for the beginning of his rookie season. Leshoure fell into the second round where the Detroit Lions scooped him up at No. 57 overall, one year after the club selected Jahvid Best in the first round.

Leshoure – who is 6-foot, 233 pounds – and Best should make a nice tandem for the Lions, who have struggled at running back for years. But Leshoure isn’t taking anything for granted.

No. 1, just find a way to get on the field and make the team,” he told the Detroit Free Press when asked what his expectations for training camp were.

After the Lions’ player-run workouts concluded, Leshoure pledged to continue working to prepare for the season.

“You don’t want to go home and go back to where you’re comfortable and not doing anything,” he said. “And by the time things clear up and we’re ready to play ball again you’re not ready. The No. 1 thing is to stay in some type of shape, keep active in some type of way and just be in the best shape to your ability when the time is up.”

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