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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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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

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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

LSU RB Leonard Fournette saw his carry-load decrease from 300 in 2015 to 129 in 2016.

Fournette was plagued by a finicky ankle injury throughout this past season. The injury forced him to miss six games. While this was not ideal for LSU during the campaign itself, it had the side benefit of knocking Fournette's carries down by over 50%. "Mileage was a concern heading into the season," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., "but that's less of an issue now." Kiper slots Fournette in at No. 6 on his latest Big Board. Either he or Dalvin Cook figure to be the first running back selected when April's draft hits.
Feb 11 - 4:40 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette indicated on an interview with NFL Now Live that sitting out the Citrus Bowl with an ankle injury was not his decision.

You may recall that Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey received an absurd amount of criticism for choosing to sit out their respective bowls with injuries. In Fournette's case, it had been framed as something of a mutual decision between the star runner and HC Ed Orgeron. That might not quite have been accurate, though, at least by Fournette's current explanation. On NFL Now Live, he said, "My coach brought me into the office. He told me 'You have a lot on the line.' He didn't want me to play. I cried like a baby. It was hard for me." We did not view it as a big deal at the time and remain of that stance, even if Fournette may be doing just a slight bit of spin here. Regardless, he figures to be either the first or second running back off the board this spring, when minor bruhahas such as this are readily forgotten.
Feb 4 - 3:21 PM

An NFL executive in personnel says LSU RB Leonard Fournette is "right there" with former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

"He's special," the executive said of Fournette. "He's right there with (Ezekiel) Elliott. He's more powerful." You'll hear more of this comparison in the pre-Draft process. Earlier this month, NFL Media conducted a poll on the subject. In it, three of five NFL executives said they would take Fournette over Elliott. You don't see guys with Fournette's size/speed combination very often," one said. "He's a rare, rare talent. He's the most talented runner to come out since Adrian Peterson."
Jan 26 - 3:16 PM

In an NFL Media poll, three of five NFL executives said that they would take LSU RB Leonard Fournette over former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

"I really like Elliott," said one executive, "but Fournette is an animal. Guys like him don't come around very often." A Zeke-backing exec sees the current Cowboys star as a more well-rounded player, though, noting that the former Buckeye is "more versatile and would fit in any offense." While Elliott has already proven that he can more than hold his own at the NFL level, one personnel man noted that Fournette's upside could just be too overwhelming to ignore. "You don't see guys with Fournette's size/speed combination very often," he said. "He's a rare, rare talent. He's the most talented runner to come out since Adrian Peterson."
Jan 7 - 1:24 PM

Football Insiders' Charlie Bernstein reports the Jaguars drafting Leonard Fournette in the first round is "not on the table."

Contractually this makes sense. Chris Ivory is on the roster until 2018, at the very least, and T.J. Yeldon's second-round rookie contract does not end until after the 2018 season. The Jaguars have plenty of needs, including at offensive line. This statement likely is not limited to Fournette, but any running back in round one.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said a player electing to skip a bowl game "would concern me."

Arians suggested he would decide on each situation on a case by case basis, once again backing up the idea that if a team likes a player, it will get glossed over. "Depending on what their situation is as a team, because this is a team sport," Arians said. "But you’ve had a couple of guys get injured in the last couple years. Agents have a lot to say about it. Parents have a lot to say about it. But, it would concern me." The Cardinals spent their first round pick on Robert Nkemdiche, who was suspended for the school's bowl game last year. Nkemdiche has been in the dog house his entire first season.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:47:00 AM

An assistant GM of an NFL team told Mike Freeman players who skip bowl games are "selfish puss---."

What an unbelievable opinion. If this did come from an NFL executive, the league continues to lack the ability to place themselves in another person's shoes. After watching Jaylon Smith destroy his knee last bowl season, forcing him to miss a season and around $20 million guaranteed, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey decided not to risk it. It is their choice, and teams have plenty of tape on both players.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:42:00 AM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette has hired the agency Roc Nation for representation.

Roc Nation is the agency which mogul Jay Z founded in the late 2000's. Fournette is now beginning his draft journey proper, having decided not to participate in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was plagued by an ankle injury throughout the 2016 campaign, ultimately finishing out with 843 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Fournette could potentially land within the first 10 selections in this spring's draft.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:36:00 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette won't play in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.

Fournette instead intends to rest his troublesome ankle and begin his pre-Draft preparations. The star runner previously announced he will enter the NFL Draft when the season concludes. Some may question his decision to sit out this game, but Will Carroll of SEC Country recently reported that Fournette's ankle issue may eventually require surgery because it's developed into a "chronic problem." Never fear, Tigers fans. No. 2 RB Derrius Guice also may be a future first-rounder, and he figures to have a huge day against the Cardinals. Darrel Williams and Nick Brossette should also get a few more snaps against Louisville.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:52:00 PM

A pair of NFL scouting evaluators told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that they see LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette as a better pro prospect than Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Gurley was selected 10th in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Rams, who have subsequently locked him in a dungeon of sad three-yard gains. Fournette could well follow in the footsteps of Gurley and Zeke Elliott, both of whom landed as top-10 picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, respectively. Fournette failed to top 1,000 yards rushing this season, though that is only due to a nagging ankle injury which forced him to miss multiple contests. Expect plenty of comps to all-universe backs such as Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson over the coming months.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:05:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette will enter the 2017 NFL draft.

Even so, he intends to play in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette checks in as Todd McShay's No. 1 overall prospect and Mel Kiper's No. 2. Fournette is a classic north-south runner, a big, thundering back with rare acceleration and explosion. He's been compared to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. If there's a minor squabble, it might be with durability. Fournette has received 657 touches over three years on campus and missed four games this year with an ankle injury. To be fair, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 attempts without missing a contest as a sophomore last year.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 02:18:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette wants to play in the school's bowl game despite dealing with the nagging ankle injury that has sidelined him for four games.

Head coach Ed Orgeron said Fournette has been in every team meeting, wanting to get on the field. Orgeron considers the star running back day-to-day for the bowl game against Louisville. This will be Fournette's last collegiate contest.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:40:00 AM

The New Orleans Time Picayune reports that junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) won't play against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night.

Further, according to the report, Fournette didn't even travel with the team to College Station for LSU's season finale. This is the fourth game Fournette has missed due to the lingering ankle injury he suffered Aug. 16 during a fall camp scrimmage. In the eight he's played in, Fournette has 843 yards and eight touchdowns on 129 carries (6.5 ypc). The injury is, per Fournette, a high and low ankle sprain and a bone bruise.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 05:26:00 PM