By: Steve Johnson
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
6’0″ 240, 31 5/8″ arms, 9 1/4″ hands
4.51 40, 28 1/2″ vert
2014: 13 games. 187 att, 1034 yards, 10 TDs; 7 rec, 127 yards
2015: 12 games. 300 att, 1953 yards, 22 TDs; 19 rec, 253 yards, 1 TD.
2016: 7 games. 129 att, 843 yards, 8 TDs; 15 rec, 146 yards
Misc. Stats: Returned 24 kicks for 625 yards and 1 TD in 2014. Attempted a pass in 2016, it went incomplete.
Accodolates: 2012 and 2013 USA Today High School All-American. Two time Gatorade Player of the Year. 2015 First-team All-SEC. 2015 Consensus All-American. 2016 Second-Team All-SEC.
Injuries: Had a left ankle injury in 2016.
History: Blue chip recruit, who rushed for 7,619 yards and 88 TDs as a prep in New Orleans. He was raised in the 7th Ward, he was nine years old when Hurricane Katrina hit. Fournette and his family had to sleep on a bridge for 5 days, before they eventually evacuated to Texas for one year. Started his football career as the only freshmen on his varsity team, and starting 6 consecutive games of 200+ yards. Also ran track, competed in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and 4x200m relay. In 2013 he was the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, the first from Louisiana since Ryan Perrilloux won the award in 2004. Fournette announced his decision to attend LSU at the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. Took out two $10 million insurance polices out during the offseason last year. Plagued by injuries, Fournette decided to sit out the final 2 games of the year and signed with Roc Nation agency. Endorsed by Under Armour.
Strengths: Big and strong, uses every pound of his 240 body when he runs. Fast and not just for his size, he’s explosive (2.50 20 yard split in 40). Good cutback runner, that gets to top speed out of breaks quickly. Will run people over, and keeps his feet churning fighting for every yard. Long strides like Adrian Peterson. Very intimidating who looks to punish people. Good hands that catches the ball away from his body. Has returned kicks. Has a stiff arm like a right hook. Tough and competitive. Will face up in pass-pro.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have the ability to be a shifty runner. Could have some weight issues down the line. Had some nagging injuries. Physical running style could add to injury concerns. Coasted through his junior season.
Overview: A big, strong, fast runner that punishes would be tacklers, Fournette looks like Bo Jackson at times. With the exception of last year in Zeke Elliott, usually you don’t draft RBs early. Fournette is a better prospect coming into the draft than Elliott. If he can stay in shape and stay healthy, he has perennial all-pro potential.
Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 7.5