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Tennessee State CB De'Ante "Pop" Saunders "has NFL talent, but red flags are flying with regard to his character," according to NFL.com.

Saunders was kicked off Florida late in the 2012 season after spending two years as a starting safety. He resurfaced with the Tigers last year and collected four interceptions, 39 tackles and nine pass breakups. NFL.com believes he projects best to the next level as a safety. If he can keep his nose clean, that is. "Saunders -- who started as a true freshman at Florida -- lacks elite speed, but he has great instincts, is active in run support and can lay the lumber," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 8:11 PM

Vikings signed Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard.

Leonard (6-foot-2, 252) was a four-star recruit to Florida in 2011, but dropped down a level after two arrests, including one for misdemeanor battery of his girlfriend. He stayed out of trouble in the FCS and caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards (13.8 YPR) and 11 touchdowns in two seasons with the TSU Tigers. Leonard's stock got a big boost in February with a 4.50 forty -- fastest of all tight ends at the Combine -- and an eye-catching 10-foot-8 broad jump. He is a highly explosive, playmaking "move" tight end with long arms (33") and big-time fantasy upside in a Norv Turner led offense.
May 11 - 3:26 PM

Rams selected Tennessee State C Demetrius Rhaney with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Rhaney is a very averagely built center who wins with quickness. He is more of an occupier and speed bump more than drive blocker. The Rams have some depth at center, so Rhaney will be battling for a roster spot.
May 10 - 6:57 PM

Bucs selected Tennessee State G Kadeem Edwards with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Edwards (6-foot-4 1/4, 313) was an FCS All-American as a senior, completing his career with 43 starts and three All-Ohio Valley Conference selections. He played left guard for the TSU Tigers. Edwards displayed adequate athleticism at February's Combine, clocking a 5.25 forty and 27-inch vertical, with 26 reps on the bench. Edwards' long arms (34 1/2") give him a chance to be a plus NFL pass blocker. He has an outside shot to develop into a starting guard.
May 10 - 2:44 PM

Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard and OL Kadeem Edwards will visit the Titans on Monday.

Offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney and defensive back David Van Dyke joined in on the visit. These four prospects qualify as local visits, so they do not count against the team's limit. Leonard is a very intriguing receiving tight end with great straight-line speed.
Mar 31 - 10:29 AM

Ravens assistant OL coach Todd Washington attended Tennessee State's pro day workout last week.

Washington put OG Kadeem Edwards, a possible late-round prospect, through positional drills. He also took in an impressive workout by 6-foot-1, 301-pound Demetrius Rhaney, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 and 4.96 seconds. The most talked about prospect at the exhibition, of course, was former Florida Gator TE A.C. Leonard. The 6-foot-2, 252 pounder had a 33-inch vertical leap, a 4.40 short shuttle and a 7.14 three-cone drill.
Mar 23 - 5:06 PM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench believes Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard won't be able to rely on his natural athletic ability as much in the NFL as he did in college.

"There is one area of concern when it comes to Leonard after the catch and that’s ball security," wrote Muench. "The ball drifts away from his frame too much and too often on tape." Leonard, who finished with the best TE forty (4.50) and tied for the best broad jump (10-8) at the combine in Indy, was charged with misdemeanor battery while at Florida in 2012. Leonard (6-foot-2, 252 pounds) doesn't care much for blocking, but he has a wide receiver's speed and fluidity in the body of a TE. Because of the strong combine performance, his name could be called on Day 3 of the draft. Muench mentions Seattle, Green Bay and Atlanta as three organizations that could take a chance on either Leonard or former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla.
Mar 16 - 1:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard has legit WR speed and fluidity.

"Leonard has legit WR speed/fluidity and catches the ball with his hands," Brugler tweeted. Brugler also added that The 6-foot-2, 252 pound TE has "No urgency" and is "sluggish off the line of scrimmage and in/out of his breaks." Brugler noted in another tweet that Leonard is a "disinterested blocker" as well. Leonard ran his 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, the fastest time among all the tight ends at the Combine and the third-fastest for a tight end since 2006. While Leonard has some great physical attributes, he has to hope teams can look past his off-field issues that lead him to transfer to Tennessee State from the University of Florida. After a strong combine performance his name could be called on the third day of the draft.
Mar 2 - 9:46 AM

Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard ran an official 4.50 second forty-yard dash at the NFL combine.

He couldn't match an unofficial time of 4.43, which, if it had held, would have become the third-fastest tight end run in the event's history. Leonard (6-foot-2, 252 pounds) is a former highly-recruited Florida Gator who transferred in 2012 season due to off-field issues. He'll get plucked on the third day by team hoping to develop a potential matchup nightmare.
Feb 23 - 3:23 PM

Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard declared for the NFL draft.

The former Florida Gator transferred before the 2012 season after running into off the field issues in Gainesville. Leonard, a former prized recruit, couldn't beat out Jordan Reed at UF and then was charged with domestic battery. Despite possessing enviable physical attributes, he's not assured of being drafted.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 07:59:00 PM

Florida sophomore WR De'Ante Saunders has been granted his release from the team.

Saunders added that the top school he is considering is Louisville. The sophomore cited a "fresh start" as reasoning for the move, but the combination of injuries and suspensions is likely the real answer. We expect he will need to sit out the 2013 season upon transferring, but Saunders should have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 09:45:00 AM

Tennessee State junior RB Trabis Ward has declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Every year, some draft-eligible prospects surprise and forgo their final season of college football, and an FCS talent like Ward certainly fits this category. We have yet to watch a second of Ward, but he rushed for 1,422 yards and 15 touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 03:01:00 PM

Former Florida sophomore TE A.C. Leonard has decided to transfer to Tennessee State University and is eligible to play immediately.

Leonard already sat behind junior Jordan Reed at tight end and was in danger of losing playing time to younger players after his spring suspension following a domestic battery charge. Leonard caught eight passes for 99 yards last season and it would be a disappointment if he does not contribute at Tennessee State.
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 06:46:00 PM

Florida sophomore TE A.C. Leonard will transfer before the 2012 season, according to head coach Will Muschamp.

This is not a surprise, since Leonard sits behind junior Jordan Reed on the depth chart and is in danger of losing playing time to younger players after a March suspension following a domestic battery charge. Possible destinations were not given. Leonard caught eight passes for 99 yards as a freshman last year.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 11:07:00 AM

Tight end A.J. Leonard faces six months probation following his plea of no contest to a domestic battery charge.

Leonard was suspended from the team following his February arrest and was re-instated March 26 and allowed to participate in spring practice. His status for Saturday’s spring game in in question.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 10:53:00 AM


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