Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette recorded the second-lowest vertical leap since 2000 at the NFL combine Friday but impressed in the 40-yard dash.
Fournette's vertical leap was 28.5 inches. The only running back with a lower vertical leap at the NFL combine is also an ex-LSU Tiger: Kenny Hilliard.
Here are some thoughts from national writers about how Fournette's vertical leap might be interpreted by NFL teams:
Leonard Fournette showing up at 240 lbs, then having a weak 28.5 inch vertical jump are more red flags after a season with injuries.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 3, 2017
Leonard Fournette with a 28 1/2 vertical is an alarming number. Only one RB had a sub-30 inch vert at last year's Combine.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 3, 2017
Vertical jump is a threshold drill. Highest jumps don't = better. But a shockingly low number can't (and won't) go overlooked. https://t.co/ZU2MiCLxcN— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 3, 2017
Things you'll never hear:— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 3, 2017
"We were gonna draft Fournette until his vertical jump came in too short"
In the 40-yard dash, Fournette ran 4.51 seconds. He said last week he was hopeful to run somewhere in the 4.4s.
Fournette, who was measured 6-feet tall and 240 pounds at the combine, must also prove he has the hands to contribute in the passing game. LSU's run-heavy offense produced just 41 catches for Fournette, far below former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook's total of 79, but the LSU standout remains confident in his all-around ability.
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"A lot of people think I'm just strong," Fournette said Thursday. "Some people say I lack speed, lack burst. Tomorrow will show it all."
If Fournette can prove he has Cook's speed and versatility in addition to his size, a spot in the top 10 — where the New York Jets at No. 6 and Carolina Panthers at No. 8 both need running backs — could be his reward.
LSU's pro day will be April 5.
Here's a look at a few running backs in last year's combine performed in the 40-yard dash:
Derrick Henry (6-2, 247), Alabama, 4.54
Ezekiel Elliott (6-0, 225), Ohio State, 4.47
Keith Marshall (5-11, 219), Georgia, 4.31
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