Leonard Fournette has decided to forego his senior season and will enter the 2017 NFL Draft. It should be no surprise to anyone that such a talented running back is seizing his opportunity to be one of the top picks in next years draft. The LSU star running back wrote a letter to his fans on Twitter to prepare for his future announcement:
Forever LSU, Forever Buganation pic.twitter.com/sdkN0JaonF
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 5, 2016
Fournette has performed above expectations, even for such a hyped prospect coming out of high school. Leonard was a 5-star recruit coming out of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has the size to put fear in the eyes of linebackers and the vision to make even the best safeties look foolish. Fournette has rushed for 3,830 in just three years at LSU with 40 touchdowns to add on top of that. The LSU back has been a Heisman candidate for the past few years only to be limited by nagging ankle injuries, and of course Alabama. However, anybody would struggle against Alabama and Fournette has been the most dynamic back when he has been healthy.
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LSU is taking on Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on December 31st. Fournette wanted to put this out there so that there would be no pre-bowl questioning and drama. Leonard will look to put everything on the line against a team that will likely boast the Heisman winner this year, Lamar Jackson.
Todd McShay ranks Fournette as his #1 overall prospect and Mel Kiper Jr. has him ranked #2 behind Myles Garrett from Texas A&M. Unfortunately, for great players like Fournette, he knows he will have to go to a team that did very poorly during the 2016 season. Candidates for Fournette would include the Browns, 49ers, Jaguars, Jets, Bears, and the Panthers. There will be so much pressure on him to perform for all of those teams and the bad thing is all of those teams need offensive line help to allow a back to actually do anything.
Leonard, however, has always embraced pressure and exceeded expectations. LSU fans will get to enjoy his performance one more time before he makes his jump to the NFL.