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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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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

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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

An AFC national scout isn't concerned about LSU RB Leonard Fournette's mediocre vertical jump.

"I was talking to a guy from another team who kept talking about (Leonard) Fournette's vertical jump (28.5 inches)," he said. "Here is a guy who ran a 4.51 (40-yard dash) at 240 pounds and this guy was worried about his vertical. I guess he won't win the team slam dunk championship, but he will run over you." Lance Zierlein indicated that some may infer hip tightness in Fournette's NFL Scouting Combine vertical-leap showing -- only two RBs in the last four NFL Combines had worse verticals -- while others will see it as utterly irrelevant. The story remains the same: Fournette needs to find a team with a downhill scheme.
Mar 14 - 3:24 PM

One NFL scout told Bob McGinn LSU RB Leonard Fournette "is the real deal" and is "head and shoulders above everybody else."

We are guessing this means at the running back position. McGinn's talks with scouts usually elicit at least one or two negatives for each player, but Fournette's included none. In fact, one evaluator said Fournette's 2-yard runs in 2016 were impressive. We look forward to seeing Fournette's entire athletic profile.
Mar 8 - 10:28 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that "I have to question how seriously [LSU RB Leonard Fournette is] taking this [draft] process after coming in at 240 pounds [in Indianapolis]."

Rang did not mince words when it came to Fournette, who blamed water weight for his measuring out at 6-foot, 240 pounds at the Combine (about five pounds over his ideal playing weight). "Prospects should be in the best shape of their life at the combine," Rang writes, adding that he believes "Fournette's stock is falling...and fast." Say what you will for the weight issue, but Fournette's 40-yard time of 4.51 seconds was impressive. While his stock might take a slight hit moving forward, Rang's assertion that he is suddenly plummeting in draft circles strikes as a bit hyperbolic. Odd, considering Rang took the exact opposite angle on FSU RB Dalvin Cook, whose weekend on the whole was checkered with underwhelming testing results. The offshoot the (perceived or not) uncertainty regarding the top two backs in the class is that Stanford's Christian McCaffrey -- who rocked the Combine in almost all respects -- finds himself in a prime position for upward Day 1 mobility.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 9:55 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette downplayed his poor showing in the vertical jump.

Fournette posted a 28.5-inch vertical on Friday at the NFL Combine. The prospect wasn't concerned, saying the jump was "where I expected to be... I'm not a jumper." Fournette ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at 235 pounds on Friday, which assuaged concerns about his athleticism.
Mar 3 - 2:33 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette posted a 28.5-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine.

The showing was described by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler as "alarming," by NFL Media as "not great" and by Walter Football as "disappointing." Wrote Brugler: "Vertical jump is a threshold drill. Highest jumps don't [equal] better. But a shockingly low number can't (and won't) go overlooked." Just how underwhelming was Fournette's showing? Only one running finished with a vertical jump below 30 inches at last year's Combine. After checking in at 240 pounds, five above what he'd hoped, many speculated that Fournette's Combine performance might be underwhelming. So far, those fears have proven true.
Mar 3 - 12:41 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette will skip the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Fournette won't be hoisting the bar in Indianapolis. Instead, the former LSU star will take part in the bench press during LSU's pro day closer to the draft. He measured in at 6-foot, 240 pounds at the Combine, about five pounds over his desired playing weight. In additional Fournette news, he said on Thursday that his balky ankle which plagued him at times during the 2016 campaign is now healed up 100%.
Mar 2 - 3:22 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette arrived at the NFL Scouting Combine measuring 6-foot, 240 pounds.

This measurement caused more than one eyebrow to raise. Indeed, it raised the eyebrow of one Leonard Fournette, who said that he was hoping to check in at 235 but that water weight might have been an issue. CBS Sports' Will Brinson questioned whether Fournette might be hampered by the added poundage. "No one’s drafting him to be faster than everyone else, but giving up an early pick for a running back is a risky proposition, and it’s even riskier if the running back is adding pounds," the analyst wrote. We should have a better idea of whether Fournette is carrying a bit too much when the Combine moves into athletic testing this weekend. The big back is hoping to run a 40-yard dash in the 4.4's.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 2 - 2:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said that he "can't remember a year where the draft class at running back was this deep."

With Minnesota opting not to retain Adrian Peterson, the Vikings are most definitely one team that could go diving for a running back during the final two days of the draft. First day of the draft, less so, as the Vikings surrendered their first-round pick in acquiring Sam Bradford prior to the start of the 2016 season. Samaje Perine, Kareem Hunt and Brian Hill (among a host of others) would certainly be available for Minnesota should they opt for a back on Day 2.
Mar 2 - 12:51 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein said on the NFL Fantasy Live podcast that LSU RB Leonard Fournette is in the same class of back as Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Eric Dickerson in terms of size and speed.

"We're talking about elite size and speed. When I say elite size and speed, I'm saying Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, I guess you could say Eric Dickerson, really, because he was bigger than people think, and he was definitely fast," Zierlein said. All of this being said, though, the analyst actually views FSU's Dalvin Cook as the better all-around NFL prospect. Pro Football Focus has likened the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette to Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley. His medical check-ups at the Combine are going to be of some interest, as it was reported during the season that the nagging ankle injury which bothered Fournette in 2016 was a chronic issue.
Feb 24 - 5:29 PM

Based on Graham Barfield's charting, LSU RB Leonard Fournette faced 8-plus box defenders on 67% of his runs.

Barfield's database average for this many defenders is 31%, so the attention placed on Fournette by defenses is astonishing. In fact, Fournette faced 9-plus boxes on 22% of his charted runs. Barfield's work is outstanding, so be sure to click the link below and read the entire profile or listed to the latest Rotoworld Football Podcast.
Feb 22 - 11:12 AM

Pro Football Focus compared LSU RB Leonard Fournette to Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

"Like Gurley, Fournette has a size-speed blend that doesn’t come around often. He’s a powerful runner who consistently finishes runs through contact," notes the PFF analysis team. While Fournette turned in an all-world performance in 2015 -- the best in the last three seasons by any back according to Pro Football Focus' metrics -- the outlet notes that during the past campaign he was "at times indecisive and quick to abandon the intended point of attack, and not nearly as effective at making defenders miss." PFF believes the biggest draft question with Fournette is "whether the decrease in his effectiveness [in 2016] was solely due to [a nagging ankle] injury, or if there are other aspects at play."
Feb 21 - 8:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that LSU RB Leonard Fournette's showing at the NFL Scouting Combine will be crucial for his draft stock.

"Scouts need to see him at full speed in Indianapolis," Reuter writes. "His medical exams are also important, as team doctors will want to see how his ankle has healed." That nagging ankle injury prevented the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from appearing in five games this past season. As Reuter notes, he toted the rock 20 or more times in just two contests. Due to the injury concern, Fournette saw his workload drop from 300 carries in 2015 to a mere 129 in 2016.
Feb 21 - 5:22 PM