Traylon Shead, RB, Texas/SMU
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 225 lbs.
Shead was one of the first players to declare and also one of the first expected to. Shead has skipped off-season workouts and hired an agent, which is normally a sign of entering the NFL Supplemental Draft. One of the most highly touted RBs in his High School class, Shead hit the big time collegiately by signing with the Texas Longhorns. It wasn’t meant to be, as he was passed immediately by standout Freshman Malcom Brown with the man who beat his state record coming up fast.
Shead would transfer to Southern Methodist University, where he was expected to fill the void left by Zach Line, now of the Minnesota Vikings. Despite his coaches talking him up as “maybe the best running back that I have had play the position.”, he was unable to make an impact for the Mustangs, ending his college career with only 51 carries for less than 200 yards and only 3 TDs. Injury played its part for the talented running back, who likely considered his window very small and closing to have any chance in the NFL.
Due to his lack of productivity in college, failure to win a spot at his college of choice, and injured end to his career at SMU, it’s unlikely that any team will take a chance on using a pick on Traylon Shead. That doesn’t mean teams won’t be paying attention to the players, and there is a possibility the Lions could look at Shead to bring in for a workout down the line.
There hasn’t been much chatter about Mikel Leshoure this offseason, despite the benefits of him being a part of the offense, and the team could look to fresher legs for carries in the interior. If Shead were to show well during a workout, he could end up a Lion sometime after the 2014 Supplemental Draft.