Darius Leonard on extension: Hopefully Colts see value I see

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The Colts struck gold in the 2018 NFL Draft when they selected linebacker Darius Leonard in the second round and now it is Leonard’s turn to try for a strike of his own.

Leonard is in the final year of his rookie contract and set to cash in after being named a first-team All-Pro in two of his first three seasons. He was a second-teamer the other year and also won the defensive rookie of the year for 2018, which adds up to the resume of someone in line for a massive raise.

“You know what you’ve done, and you know what you deserve,” Leonard said, via Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com. “Hopefully, they see as much value as I see.”

Leonard wasn’t the only star the Colts found in 2018. Guard Quenton Nelson has made first-team All-Pro in each of his first three seasons, although he’s signed through 2022 after the Colts exercised their fifth-year option on his contract and that may make Leonard’s extension more pressing at the moment.

4 responses to “Darius Leonard on extension: Hopefully Colts see value I see

  1. Excluding QB selections, hard to find a better 1-2 value punch in the same draft, in recent memory, than Nelson and Leonard.

    Dolphins won big with the Laremy Tunsil and Xavien Howard 1-2 combination in 2016.

    I’m too lazy to go look but I’m sure there are a few others out there but hard to compete against either of those above stated combos.

  2. Darius Leonard is a perfect example of why post draft grades are useless after the draft. They were given a F for this pick at the time.

  3. I got a dual-autograph card with both of those guys, may turn out to be my most valuable card. Which isn’t saying much since most of my collection is 1980s junk wax.

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