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Fantasy outlook: RB Mikel Leshoure

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By Eric Edholm

The Lions found a complementary back to Jahvid Best in second-round pick Mikel Leshoure, and he should push for a 120-150-carry role out of the chute. Best will be the primary option, but Leshoure is gifted and is more suited to handle the tougher between-the-tackles carries in the long run.

Leshoure is a big, well-sculpted back who has a little burst, too. He carries very little fat on his frame and showed at his pro day he can catch the ball well.

Leshoure's TD total could push up his value, too, although having Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew on the team limits that somewhat.

The Lions expect to use him a lot this season, and we could be looking at a 600-yard, seven-TD back when it's all said and done as a rookie. He'll be drafted in most leagues.

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