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:




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