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Richard Leonard | Cornerback

Team: Florida Intl Golden Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170

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Saints selected Florida State OT Rick Leonard with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Leonard (6'7/305) was a 19-game starter for the Seminoles, all at right tackle. A converted defensive end, Leonard is not a top-shelf athlete and remains raw at tackle after making the switch from the defensive side of the ball just two years ago. He is a pure project and a surprising fourth-round pick. Apr 28 - 1:30 PM

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FIU CB Richard Leonard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds during Thursday's Pro Day.

Fantastic work for Leonard on Thursday in terms of his 40-yard sprint. He also notched a 37-inch vertical jump and 6.95 seconds in the three-cone drill. Over the summer, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter praised his "foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire." The draft writer also digs his return skills -- for his career, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder ran back three kicks for touchdowns. If he can overcome the size questions here, he could provide a spark fielding punts and possibly kickoffs at the NFL level.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 05:25:00 PM

FIU senior CB Richard Leonard accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Leonard's return prowess could bring him some love in the spring. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior has three career touchdowns between punt and kickoff returns. He averaged 21.6 yards on kickoffs and 10.7 yards on punt returns during the 2015 campaign. He did even better in 2014 with 25.7 and 23.8-yard averages, respectively. In August, analyst Chad Reuter wrote, "Though shorter than most NFL teams prefer at the position, there's no doubting his foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire," then noted that his slipperiness in the return game "should earn him extra looks."
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 10:22:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter posits that FIU junior CB Richard Leonard's return ability will amplify his intrigue to NFL teams.

The 5-foot-9, 189-pound Leonard missed 2013 due to academic ineligibility but has otherwise been a star at FIU. "Though shorter than most NFL teams prefer at the position, there's no doubting his foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire," Reuter wrote. "His elusiveness as a returner should earn him extra looks." Leonard was a first-team All-Conference USA selection last year after posting five interceptions, seven pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, a 25.7-yard kick-return average and a 23.8-yard punt-return average with one touchdown.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 09:59:00 PM

FIU junior CB Richard Leonard has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 season.

Leonard started just eight of the 26 games he played over the last few seasons. He led the school in kick return (29.2) and punt return average (14.2). The Panthers lost their top defender in Johnathan Cyprien, and this ineligibility certainly won't help the depth.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:06:00 AM