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Prospect Profile: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

Posted Mar 12, 2017

Leonard Fournette

Running back | LSU | Junior

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 235 pounds

College Stats

2016: Despite nursing a nagging ankle injury and playing just seven games, Fournette recorded 129 carries for 843 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 15 catches for 146 yards through the air. Fournette received Second-Team All-SEC honors after his five 100-yard games and a three-touchdown outing against Mississippi.

Career: In 32 games for the Tigers, Fournette totaled 616 carries for 3,330 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns in addition to 41 catches for 526 yards and one receiving score. As a freshman, Fournette led the SEC in all-purpose yards (137.4 per game) while contributing on both offense and special teams. That season, he returned 24 kickoffs, one for a touchdown. He led FBS with 162.8 rushing yards per game in 2015 and ranked third with 183.8 all-purpose yards per game.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds

Bench press: Did not participate

Broad jump: Did not participate

Vertical jump: 28.5 inches

3-cone drill: Did not participate

20-yard shuttle: Did not participate

Profile

Summary: Fournette smoothly made the transition from high school standout to an equally impressive college athlete. He was pegged as the No. 1 overall recruit and USA Today National High School Offensive Player of the Year for his senior performance at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.

Fournette’s most impressive season came as a sophomore, when he scored 22 touchdowns and fell just 47 yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark on the ground, setting school single-season records in both categories. Fournette has size, strength and power while also having the agility, acceleration and speed of a receiver. According to NFL.com, he has experience running from two-back, single-back and off-set looks and wins in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Comparisons have been drawn between Fournette and Adrian Peterson. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said the comparisons “feel lofty” but physically speaking, the two are close. Zierlein said, “Fournette doesn't have the wiggle to make defenders miss and his vision can be iffy. However, if your run fits and tackling aren't sound, he can take it the distance in an instant. May have durability concerns due to physical running style, but has All-Pro potential.”

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranks Fournette as the year’s top running back, while counterpart Bucky Brooks lists Fournette at No. 2. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated also placed Fournette in the No. 2 slot behind Florida State’s Dalvin Cook.  

Hometown hero: Born and raised in New Orleans, Fournette chose to stay close to home and attend LSU after garnering nation-wide attention during his high school career.