Leonard Fournette runs 4.51 and 4.52-second 40-yard dashes

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It might not have been as fast as he was hoping for, but Leonard Fournette must be relieved.

The LSU running back ran his first 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.51 seconds and his second at 4.52, fast times for a guy who is carrying 240 pounds.

He said he was hoping to run in the 4.4s, despite being a little heavier than he was listed in college. He said the extra was “water weight” and wouldn’t slow him down, and perhaps after he woke up this morning he was closer to his goal.

Fournette’s 28.5-inch vertical leap was sort of ordinary, but the laws of physics dictate that boosting that kind of mass is going to be harder.

For comparison, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran a 4.47 40 with a 32.5-inch vertical at his combine last year, when he weighed in at 225 pounds.

49 responses to “Leonard Fournette runs 4.51 and 4.52-second 40-yard dashes

  1. Fournette’s 28.5-inch vertical leap was sort of ordinary, but the laws of physics dictate that boosting that kind of mass is going to be harder.
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    How do you explain Cameron Wake’s 45 inch vertical, then? Maybe the Ideal Gas Law has something to do with it.

  2. codiablo says:

    This year the NFL will be adding hurdles to the field, so the vertical jump matters for a guy that runs the ball.
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    Thank you for your ignorance, but the vertical jump absolutely does matter for RBs. As Todd McShay said today, “drill is a great judge of a player’s lower-body explosiveness and ability to create power from the ground up.” Kind of like Cardinals RB David Johnson posting a 41.5″ vert last year.

  3. Surprised that Dalvin Cook ran as slow as he did considering he’s 30 lbs lighter than Fournette.

  4. 4.51 at 240lbs is great. He can probably get down to 4.47/4.49 range if he lost 10 more pounds.

    Le’veon Bell was a hefty back himself and then lost 15 pounds to get down to 225 and it made him a superstar in the NFL. Fournette appears to be a physical specimen so I think his iseal weight is 230.

  5. I stopped paying attention to the “BUST!” comments here after they proclaimed Joey Bosa was one just for holding out. One Defensive Rookie of the Year later…

  6. dude is overrated and will not do that much in the pros. he is one of those dudes who looked 35 yrs old in HS so he dominated.
    He is not athletic enough or fast enough for stardom in NFL. Could be a Legarret Blount type…which is not bad at all but no way a top 10 pick in my book.

    Let someone else have him.

  7. The fact that Tebow jumped a 38.5 vert blows my mind, had no idea. Vince Carter jumped a 43. The level of athleticism from these guys is insane. Just looked up Randy Moss, he jumped a 51. That’s more than four feet off the ground.

  8. First question is why drink so much water? He didn’t need the weight, actually, he would have done better without it. You could say he was fighting dehydration from working out but if he was working out, he would have sweated that water out. The NFL and NFL GMs are not stupid. He admitted he drank a lot of water before the combine but really provided no reason why he thought he needed that water. Sounds like someone is trying to dilute a urine sample. Yes, dilute samples are considered dirty samples but the last person I knew who had a dilute sample was Timmy Jernigan who slipped only to the second round before the Ravens snagged him.

    Why so much water when he knew the water weight would hurt him?

  9. “I can’t help but wonder, with all the comments I read about excess weight and buffet lines, how Eddie Lacy would perform at the combine”.

    Well, Eddie didn’t participate in the 2013 combine because of a hamstring injury. He did run a 4.57 40 and have a 32.5 high jump at his pro day. He then became the OROY, has two 1,000+ yard seasons and has a 4.4 yards per carry for his career.

    In other words, he did better than you ever thought about doing, and probably weighs less than you do.

  10. Oh, is this where we all post to pretend we’re draft gurus who know the exact weight to place on combine measurements? Let’s do this!

  11. Well, Eddie didn’t participate in the 2013 combine because of a hamstring injury. He did run a 4.57 40 and have a 32.5 high jump at his pro day. He then became the OROY, has two 1,000+ yard seasons and has a 4.4 yards per carry for his career.

    In other words, he did better than you ever thought about doing, and probably weighs less than you do.
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    C’mon Mrs. Lacy, sooner or later you’re going to have to let Eddie fight his own battles…

  12. 4.5 is a good time for a big back. Especially one who runs with patience. I like LF, in fact he is probably still my favorite back in this draft. That being said I wouldnt pick him or any running back in the first round. And don’t bring up elliot, he wasn’t even the best rookie back last year. The kid Howard from the bears was.

  13. I’m an ex track jumping coach.

    Vertical leap is a good measure of fast twitch muscle response, but it absolutely requires prior training. You can increase fast twitch response through focused plyometric exercise training. Maximum with proper training is a genetic limitation, but the biggest variability is the type and intensity of training that has been done in the prior 2 to 4 months. You lay off the training and it decays quickly.

    My guess is this guy hasn’t been doing his plyos, and he’s been hitting the burger stand too often. Not all college trainers include a lot of plyos in their program even though they should, especially for skills positions.

    You want to get bigger, lift weights. You want to get quicker, do plyos.

  14. “The LSU running back ran his first 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.51 seconds and his second at 4.52, fast times for a guy who is carrying 240 pounds.”

    Yup, unless you’re Bo Jackson.

  15. So funny this time of year when a bunch of coach potatoes sit and call players a bust and cry that Tebow never got a fair shot to succeed. LoL. Quit your trolling. No one cares.

  16. joetoronto says:
    Mar 3, 2017 3:56 PM
    “The LSU running back ran his first 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.51 seconds and his second at 4.52, fast times for a guy who is carrying 240 pounds.”

    Yup, unless you’re Bo Jackson.
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    You can’t use Bo Jackson as a qualifier. If we have to compare everyone to Bo, nobody will ever achieve another athletic feat.

  17. Joe Toronto, try to calm your obession with the the faded Radiers. This article is not about Bo. Bo quit football many years ago and got fat. Do you get it now?

  18. How do you explain Cameron Wake’s 45 inch vertical, then? Maybe the Ideal Gas Law has something to do with it.

    nobody cares about Wake. And yes, some guys have natural leaping ability… But i cant help but wonder how Wakes career would play out differently had he only been able to jump 29?

  19. It’s funny how much stock people put in the Underwear Olympics

    Go look up some of the best combine results in history, and tell me how many names you recognize. Probably not many.

    Especially 40 times are one of the most over rated tests by far. Running in a straight uncontested line really fast is not even close to being the same as having to find holes in blocking and dodging defenders and breaking tackles while securing a ball. Being good at one doesn’t mean you’re good at the other. Two very different skills. For WRs or CBs, guys on the outside who do have to run and cover open field more often, it’s slightly more relevant but still over rated. But especially for RBs, it’s almost meaningless.

  20. So Jerome Bettis was listed at 6′ and 260lbs. Absolute beast….HOF….supposedly ran a 4.6

    If anyone thinks he was actually 260lbs, they’re nuts. Dude was a cheeseburger shy of 300…..who cares what he ran…he ran other athletes over and had good feet.

    The point is, it does not matter now. LF will be a good back. Would look great next to Bell….but I would rather have James Conner. That is a man with heart….

    These gentlemen have more talent and ability in their little toe than most of the people on this board have in their whole being. So you all need to shut your holes and step away from the keyboards. You all look stupid for criticizing…..

  21. rogoceo says:
    Mar 3, 2017 5:13 PM

    The point is, it does not matter now. LF will be a good back. Would look great next to Bell….but I would rather have James Conner. That is a man with heart….
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    Yes he is. But I was surprised at his relatively slow 40 times. He is nowhere near Bettis’ size but somewhat similar 40 times?!

  22. Nobody can catch this guy. Who cares what the stopwatch says. Didn’t Jerry Rice run a 4.7 or something like that? How many guys caught Rice from behind?

  23. I don’t trust the combine. Anybody who has ever played football knows that running in shorts is very different from running in pads and a helmet. I care more about a running back field of vision then if he runs a tenth a of second faster.

    Remember who else look good at the combine but couldn’t stop running into his teammates. Trent Richardson.

  24. I like Fournette and think he could be pretty good, but I don’t really have any RB in this class as a first-round RB, let alone top 10. First, who knows how long he is going to last in the NFL at that weight and physical play style. Second, can he catch or block? Not sure. Third, he doesn’t really make impressive cuts when I watch him on game tape. He’s more of a powerful guy with straight line speed. And that speed and power might not translate as well to the NFL. I can’t really compare him to someone like Adrian Peterson because AP can make amazing cuts. Even Lacy has been cutting ability and agility at his weight, although not his speed.

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