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Profiling the Prospects: Power, speed separate LSU RB Leonard Fournette from the pack


Over the next month, will break down some of the best players in this year's NFL *Draft class and what they could bring to Cleveland's youth-laden roster.

Name:RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

Measurables: 6-foot, 240 pounds

What makes him a first-round pick?

Fournette used an unusual combination of size and speed to run for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU. Known as a physical downhill runner more than a burner, the New Orleans native was the centerpiece of the Tigers offense until an ankle injury limited him in 2016 (he still played in seven games, rushing 129 times for 843 yards and eight touchdowns). Before that, Fournette ran wild over SEC defenses in 2015 with a whopping 300 carries for 1,952 yards and 20 touchdowns.

In his draft profile, analyst Lance Zierlein described Fournette as a “full-on, grown man with outstanding definition throughout his body" built like a linebacker and runs like a receiver.

"Always the hammer and never the nail," Zierlein continued. "Violent finisher looking to intimidate run-support safeties with crushing blows behind lower pads. Runs feet through any and all contact. Has balance and power to plow through tackle attempts on an angle. Punishing stiff arms go viral."


Biggest college moment?**

Two candidates here: Fournette eviscerated Texas Tech in the 2015 Texas Bowl, running 29 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a 44-yard touchdown catch. Earlier in the year, Fournette carried the ball 32 times for 180 yards and two scores in a top-10 bout against Florida, a dramatic game that lifted the Tigers to 6-0.

How did he do at the combine?

Aside from a poor and mostly head-scratching showing in the vertical jump (28.5 inches), Fournette left little doubt about his status as the best back in this year's class. He clocked a 4.51 40 at 240 pounds and looked smooth during on-field workouts the following day.


Quote to know**

"My motto is 'Never let one man take you down.' That's my whole purpose."

Why he would make sense for the Browns?

Fournette is widely considered one of the best running backs in recent memory and would give the Browns an instant impact player on offense.

Reasons why he won't be available at No. 12?

Even with concerns about durability, Fournette is game-changer whom most draft analysts have going in the top 7.

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