Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Darius Leonard

Outside linebacker
School: South Carolina State | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2 / 234 | 40: 4.70 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.76
Projected Round
3rd
Bio: 
Four-year starter who earned First Team All-MEAC honors in each of his final three seasons at South Carolina State. Led the conference in tackles in 2016 and 2017. Led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks and made 113 tackles as a senior. Led South Carolina State with 14.5 tackles for loss and recorded 124 tackles and 3.5 sacks as a junior. Posted 70 tackles (13.5 for loss) and five sacks in 2015. Named MEAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and led the team with 87 tackles (13.5 for loss) while adding five sacks and two forced fumbles.
Pos: 
Athletic three-down linebacker with tremendous upside. Quick to the action, breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Fluidly moves in every direction of the field, covers a lot of area and makes plays in space. Agile, nicely redirects to the action and wraps up tackling. Flows well laterally, shows speed in pursuit and takes proper angles to the action.
Neg: 
Really doesn’t play with much suddenness or a sense of urgency. Displays average quickness. May struggle to handle complex defenses.
Analysis: 
Leonard is an athletic defender with the ability to develop into a three-down linebacker at the next level. He may need to play in a simplified system, but from a physical standpoint, Leonard can handle the duties in all linebacker areas.