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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6' / 240

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Bob McGinne spoke with one NFL scout who believes LSU RB Leonard Fournette is "head and shoulders" superior to other prospects at his position.
"He’s a freaking beast," another evaluator said. However, a few of McGinn's sources were not as optimistic. "The more I watched him, he can’t create at the line of scrimmage," said another scout. "The last guy that had that same issue was Darren McFadden." Fournette will be at his best with a coaching staff that understands he will have success with a running game built around him. That sounds obvious, but NFL coaches don't always handle it that way. Fournette how power and straight-line speed. Apr 20 - 11:24 AM

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The San Francisco 49ers hosted LSU RB Leonard Fournette for a pre-Draft visit on Wednesday.

As the Sacramento Bee noted in its report, "there has been chatter for two months" that the 49ers would take Fournette No. 2 overall. We'd be a little surprised by that, as new head coach Kyle Shanahan has preferred multi-dimensional backs with receiving chops in the past (to say nothing of the fact that San Francisco has bigger needs on its decimated roster). We don't yet know what type of decision-maker new 49ers general manager John Lynch is, however, and Lynch may view Fournette as a franchise-changing talent. We'll find out next week.
Apr 19 - 6:54 PM

NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks forwarded LSU RB Leonard Fournette and East Carolina WR Zay Jones as a pair of first- and second-round fits for the Panthers.

The boys over at the Move the Sticks podcast offer up one of our favorite annual pre-draft thought experiments, that of the "perfect pair" of picks for the first and second round. They believe that Carolina might be best served hitting hard on offense early. We have seen Fournette linked to the Panthers in many an industry mock draft, but Zay less so. Wrote Jeremiah of the wideout, "He makes a lot of sense for this team -- he gives them another weapon in the passing game. There's a lot of underneath stuff on tape, but then you go to the Senior Bowl and see him get over the top."
Apr 15 - 1:15 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette attended the Saints' local prospect day on Friday.

The Saints got a free look at Fournette, but it's unlikely that they will leave Draft Day with the local kid made good. Fournette isn't likely to drop to New Orleans' slot at No. 11, for one, and we're sort of assuming that New Orleans would prefer to use their two first-rounders to begin to rebuild that woeful defense.
Apr 14 - 3:11 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer says teams have questioned LSU RB Leonard Fournette's passion for football.

"There’s a widespread feeling he’s driven by stardom," Breer writes. It is so difficult for these teams to get to know prospects on limited exposures, and somewhat sweeping generalizations are made. Perhaps this line of thinking derived from Fournette's final season at LSU, when his production dipped while dealing with injuries. We wouldn't expect this to drastically alter Fournette's draft position, if at all, as he will be a top 15 selection. People are allowed to have personalities.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 13 - 11:27 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the San Francisco 49ers "are very high" on LSU RB Leonard Fournette and are "seriously considering using the second pick" to get him.

"The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde, who has had his struggles staying healthy since being drafted by the franchise in 2014," Pauline wrote. Stanford DE Solomon Thomas has been the most popular player slotted to San Francisco at No. 2 in industry mock drafts. North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky has also been oft-mentioned as a possibility. We hadn't heard Fournette as a serious contender for the slot until now. New 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have bigger needs than running back, but if they've identified Fournette as a franchise-changing talent, they may ultimately decide to take the plunge.
Apr 11 - 3:40 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals hosted LSU RB Leonard Fournette for an official pre-Draft visit on Tuesday.

Despite employing Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati has done heavy work on this year's running back crop. The organization has already visited FSU's Dalvin Cook and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon and sent its RB coach to Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's pro day. The Bengals own the No. 9 overall pick.
Source: ESPN
Apr 11 - 12:41 PM

Sources have suggested to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that LSU RB Leonard Fournette is "in play" for the Browns at No. 1.

No, he is not. One, the talent does not warrant the selection. Two, Fournette does not play a cornerstone position. And three, an analytics driven front office will not make this pick, and might not even if Fournette is on the board at No. 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 10:41 AM

The Carolina Panthers will host LSU RB Leonard Fournette for an official pre-Draft visit next week.

If you were wondering why Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman weren't at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday, you now have your answer (Carolina did send its offensive coordinator and running backs coach, to be fair). In recent industry mock drafts -- including each of the most recent by analysts -- Fournette has come off the board no lower than the Jets' pick at No. 6. If he makes it by New York, however, many see the Panthers as a logical destination at No. 8. Fournette would greatly lessen the workload required of the aging Jonathan Stewart.
Apr 6 - 12:48 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette weighed 228 pounds at the school's pro day on Wednesday.

Fournette weighed in at 240 pounds in Indianapolis, citing water weight for an extra five pounds. A little over a month later he is under the 230 pound mark. Perhaps he is gaming the system a bit, as Fournette produced a great weight-speed score with his 4.50, but chose not to complete a number of other tests. Hopefully those tests, the 20 yard shuttle, 3-cone and broad jump, will take place at LSU's pro day.
Apr 5 - 9:55 AM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette, FSU RB Dalvin Cook and Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon are visiting the Jaguars this week.

Tip of the hat to the Florida Union-Times' Ryan O'Hallaran for this nugget. Of the trio taking trips to Jacksonville, Fournette is probably the most likely to land with the Jags at No. 4. Several industry mock drafts have projected as much. Cook and Mixon are expected to find homes either later on Day 1 or (in Mixon's case) early on Day 2. In addition to the No. 4 pick, Jacksonville also holds the No. 35 pick.
Apr 4 - 5:46 PM

In his Monday mock draft, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projected the Jaguars to select LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick.

We have seen Fournette fly off the board to the Jaguars in several mocks during the process. The Panthers are another popular mock destination for him at No. 8. While Pauline does not see the latter scenario at this juncture, he does slot FSU RB Dalvin Cook to the Carolina kitties. Outside of Fournette's high perch in Pauline's mock, another notable early offensive move came when he had the Titans selecting Alabama TE O.J. Howard at No. 5 with the pick the Rams tossed their way on the Nashville wind in order to obtain Cal QB Jared Goff last spring.
Mar 28 - 5:07 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette forced 44 percent more missed tackles in 2015 compared to 2016, according to Graham Barfield's charting.

Barfield puts Fournette's struggles against Alabama into perspective. On 36 carries against Alabama in 2015 and 2016, Fournette only created 1.36 yards per carry. On 159 charted carries versus other opponents, Fournette created 6.83 yards per carry. The differences between Fournette's effectiveness in 2016 versus 2015 are drastic, both on paper and when watching his games.
Mar 21 - 9:06 AM

An AFC RB coach challenged the depth of the 2017 class of running backs.

"I see some starters early on, but after that, I see a bunch of (No. 2 backs) and change-of-pace types," the coach said. "I don't make the picks, but to me, it looks like you better go get one of those top guys if you really want a running back this year." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein countered with three deeper cuts -- Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman and Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine -- who he believes could eventually work their way up to starting roles in the NFL.
Mar 17 - 5:05 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette is among the group of prospects visiting the Eagles on Friday.

Fournette is a virtual lock to be a first round pick, and he might not be on the board at No. 14. Running back, cornerback and receiver are the three likeliest positions the Eagles might attack in round one, but other spots need an injection of talent as well. Fournette is much better when running under center. Any running back should have success in Philadelphia, as long as the offensive line stays intact.
Mar 17 - 10:24 AM