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Lions trade up to draft RB Leshoure in 2nd round

By Larry Lage

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 29 2011 6:35 p.m. MDT

In these handout photos released by the NFL and taken in February 2011, top NFL Draft prospects are shown at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. They are, top row from left: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue; Joe Lefeged, FS, Rutgers; Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois; Jake Locker, QB, Washington; Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon. Bottom row, from left: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas; Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford; Colin McCarthy, LB, Miami; DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson; Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M; Rahim Moore, FS UCLA.

NFL, Ben Liebenberg, Associated Press

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure has been drafted by the Detroit Lions.

The Lions made a multiple-pick trade with the Seattle Seahawks to select Leshoure in the second round with the 57th pick overall in the NFL draft on Friday night.

Detroit drafted the 6-foot, 227-pound Leshoure to compliment speedy running back Jahvid Best.

The Lions sent Seattle their third- and fourth-round picks and flipped slots in the fifth and seventh rounds to acquire its spot in the second round to select Leshoure. He accounted for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last season for the Fighting Illini.

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