Leonard Fournette entering the draft

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Running back Leonard Fournette’s days as a college football player will come to an end after LSU plays in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.

Fournette announced his intention to enter the 2017 draft with a statement on Monday, although it would be hard to find anyone who thought that the running back would return to Baton Rouge for another season. Fournette ran for 2,987 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Tigers and has added 843 more yards and another score this season.

The numbers for 2016 have been down because of an ankle injury that’s bothered Fournette for much of the season and kept him from playing in four games, but there’s no indication that it should be an issue for him once it comes time to start his professional career.

That should keep him in the mix as a high first round pick, although there’s plenty to play out between now and draft day.

20 responses to “Leonard Fournette entering the draft

  1. The Baton Rouge Advocate cited a physician familiar with his ankles said it is a condition that will bother him for a long time. It will get bad then recover but will return another day. He said there isn’t much that can be done to permanently fix it. So, draft him with caution.

  2. he couldn’t stay healthy through a college season, he will get wrecked in the NFL. Teams would be crazy to spend a top 10 pick on him

  3. Was he eligible to come out last year and chose not to? If so, he Barkley-ed himself. He still wouldn’t have gone as high as Zeke Elliott did but guaranteed higher than he will next April after a season where he looked extremely average.

  4. In all fairness to Fournette, LSU worked him to death the past few years. He was their only offense. That has to take a toll on a young guy when he’s taking all that pounding. I’m not an LSU fan nor a fan of Less Miles but this kid did everything they asked. I think going mid first round is a blessing for him. That means he’ll go to a team that’s halfway decent instead of a loser like the Jags.

  5. Don’t look at his film against Alabama. It is ugly. Alabama’s front seven is the closest to what he will face in the NFL every Sunday.

  6. Dec 5, 2016 3:28 PM
    Don’t look at his film against Alabama. It is ugly. Alabama’s front seven is the closest to what he will face in the NFL every Sunday.

    So what you’re saying is he faced an NFL-style defensive line with a college offensive line, and so you shouldn’t draft him because of that?

    That’s some good analysis right there! Someone hired you as a scout yet?

  7. See Jalon Smith’s bowl last year. Take a hint and still have a bum wheel come bowl game time.

  8. The sleeper RB in the 2017 draft will be Joe Williams out of Utah. Dude has 4.3 speed and once he hits the second level he is gone. Watch out.

  9. Fournette or any running back that can’t go pro and just had a monster year should sit out their last year before they can become eligible. Playing RB for free isn’t worth it. Go into a work camp for a full year and be ready when the combine comes around. If you look good the will draft you high. Don’t take the hits on your body for nothing.

  10. BIGGSHAUN says:
    Dec 5, 2016 3:40 PM
    Dec 5, 2016 3:28 PM
    Don’t look at his film against Alabama. It is ugly. Alabama’s front seven is the closest to what he will face in the NFL every Sunday.

    So what you’re saying is he faced an NFL-style defensive line with a college offensive line, and so you shouldn’t draft him because of that?

    That’s some good analysis right there! Someone hired you as a scout yet?

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    Except of course Ezekiel Elliot faced that same Alabama’s front seven and ran all over it in the college football playoffs.

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