DFW 2017 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Leonard Fournette

RB Leonard Fournette – Junior / 6-1 / 235 – LSU

  • Especially coming off his legendary 2015 season, Fournette was being discussed as perhaps one of the best college running back talents of all-time
  • Fournette has the potential to be an Ezekiel Elliott type of workhorse back and talent in the NFL
  • The upside is high as Fournette has an incredible combination of size, speed and power, dubbing many to call Fournette “the next Adrian Peterson”
  • Has great power and uses it liberally, often lowering his shoulder and punishing defenders
  • Possesses a powerful and effective stiff arm
  • Has breakaway speed in the open field, almost hard to believe for a player his size as is his shiftiness for a back his size
  • Despite his size, has incredible quickness
  • Set the LSU single-season record in 2015 with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns, and Fournette led the nation with 162.8 rushing yards per game
  • Fournette leaves college with just 41 receptions in three seasons (he’ll need to improve his route-running at the next level), although he has long arms and shows promise for development in this area
  • Fournette is not considered an elite pass-blocker despite his size
  • Fournette ran mainly out of an I-formation in college and may need to be drafted to a team that runs a similar type of offense to maximize his elite talents
  • Not that this should be overly emphasized per se, but it’s worth noting that Fournette struggled mightily in his three games against Alabama in college (averaging just 48 yards rushing on 19 attempts per game, just 2.5 yards per carry)
  • Fournette suffered an ankle injury prior to the 2016 season, and he ended up playing just seven games (and his average carries per game dropped from 24.6 in 2015 to 18.4 in 2016)
  • His existing workload could be a concern as Fournette comes into the NFL with 657 touches over three seasons at LSU
  • Fournette was the 2013 USA Today High School Football Offensive Player of the Year and was considered the number one college recruit coming out of high school by most publications
  • Fournette was the first player in LSU history to be offered a college scholarship after his freshman high school season
  • COMBINE UPDATE: 40 = 4.51, Vert = 28 1/2″
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: Top three, with a chance to go 1.01 depending on where he is selected