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Player Display Name: 
Leonard Fournette

Running back
School: LSU | Conference: SEC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0.5 / 230 | 40: 4.50 | DRAFT YR:2017


Projected Round
Two-year starter named Second Team All-SEC in 2016 despite being limited by an ankle injury, a major reason why he skipped LSU’s bowl game. Rushed for 843 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games, six of which were starts. Earned consensus First Team All-American honors as a sophomore in 2015, setting single-season school records with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns and adding 19 catches for 253 yards and a TD. Rushed for an LSU freshman-record 1,034 yards in 2014, scoring 10 touchdowns and averaging 26 yards on 24 kick returns.
Large, powerful ball carrier who plays with exceptional speed. Runs with a tough, nasty style, aggressively drives his shoulders through opponents and barrels over several defenders to pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Has a physical style, keeps his feet moving and moves the pile. Possesses solid short-area quickness, the agility necessary to turn the corner and a burst of speed. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, will pick and choose his spots and beats defenders into the open field. Works to pick up as much yardage as possible and does not go down without a fight but also plays with a large degree of intelligence. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.
Struggles when he tries to turn the perimeter or run east/west. Not a truly creative ball carrier that makes defenders miss, creates yardage or improvises when things break down.
Fournette was very productive on the college level and has all the makings of a feature back for the next level. He can be a one-man wrecking crew but at the same time does the little things well and is worth selecting in the early part of Round 1.