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    Re: How about a fair evaluation for Brian Leonard?

    Quote Originally Posted by blood85 View Post
    That's going to be a difficult transition, from Rb to Fb. Was a fulltime FB in college?
    He played RB and was the main guy his first three years at Rutgers. But in his senior year he moved to FB in order to accomodate Ray Rice who took over as the main RB. Soooo...he's had all of one year in college playing the position that he was drafted by the Rams to play. Having said all that it does speak well of his character that he was, as a senior, willing to change positions for the good of the team.
    Don't want everyone to think i'm totally negative when it comes to the subject of the Leonardster.

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    Re: How about a fair evaluation for Brian Leonard?

    Quote Originally Posted by blood85 View Post
    That's going to be a difficult transition, from Rb to Fb. Was a fulltime FB in college?
    I believe he made the move to FB in his senior season. Apparently he bulked up to 235+lbs. He later slimmed down to 226 to run at the combine ..


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    Brian Leonard
    St. Louis Rams ó No. 23
    Running Back(American football)
    Date of birth: February 3, 1984 (1984-02-03) (age 24)
    Place of birth: Gouverneur, New York
    Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
    National Football League debut
    2007 for the St. Louis Rams
    Career history
    College: Rutgers
    NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
    Teams:

    St. Louis Rams (2007-present)

    Career highlights and awards
    NFF Draddy Trophy (2006)

    Selected NFL statistics
    (through Week 17 of the 2007 NFL season)
    Rushing yards 303
    Rushing average 3.5
    Rushing TDs 0
    Stats at NFL.com
    Brian Leonard (born February 3, 1984 from Gouverneur, New York) is an American football player for the St. Louis Rams, and a former athlete from Rutgers University. He was the Scarlet Knights' three-year star, earning numerous awards for his play in the Big East Conference. Leonard is renowned for his athleticism due to his size, hands, speed, as well as his leadership, unselfish play and high character. He is well known for jumping over would-be tacklers. This trademark hurdle has been dubbed the "Leonard Leap".

    College career
    In 2006, Leonard started the season being promoted as a Heisman Trophy candidate. A video clip of Leonard, concluding with the slogan "Leonard for Heisman," was aired on the NBC Astrovision screen in New York Cityís Times Square. Despite being acknowledged as a Heisman candidate, Leonard elected to take on a diminished role as a blocker and allow Ray Rice to become a star. He was also named starting fullback on the 2007 Senior Bowl North Squad, where he finished with 16 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving, 3rd overall on the team in total yardage. "He's a very, very underrated player...he's the best running back I've played against since I've been in college." (This includes Kevin Jones, Julius Jones, Walter Reyes and Darius Walker) "That combination of power and speed is amazing. Some of the runs he makes in the open field, he can cut like a tailback. He jumps over safeties when they try and cut him, but then he runs over linebackers and defensive linemen. His combination of power and speed just makes him the best at what he does."
    - Former Pitt and current Washington Redskins LB H.B. Blades on Brian Leonard

    School records
    In the Rutgers record books, Leonard finished his career ranked fourth all-time rushing yards (2,775), fourth all-time rushing touchdowns (32), sixth all-time receiving yards (1,864), first all-time receptions (207), tied for fourth all-time receiving touchdowns (13), second all-time all-purpose yards (4,639), first all-time combined touchdowns (45), and first all-time career points scored (272).


    Awards
    2006 National Football Foundation Draddy Trophy
    First-Team Pro Football Weekly All-American 2004
    First-Team Pro Football Weekly All-American 2005
    First-Team Pro Football Weekly, ESPN.com, and Scout.com All-American 2006
    First-Team All-Big East 2004 and 2005, Second-Team All-Big East 2006
    Freshman All-American 2003
    College Football News Big East Freshman of the Year 2003
    2006 ARA Sportsmanship Award

    Professional career

    NFL Draft prospect
    As an NFL prospect, Leonard was targeted by almost every draft expert and website to be the top fullback (as well as one of the higher-ranked halfbacks) and most likely will be playing a hybrid halfback / fullback / H-Back position in the pros. Leonard was projected as a day one selection, as high as the first round. Since 1990, only three fullbacks have been chosen in the first round, including Tommy Vardell in 1992 and William Floyd in 1993. ESPN compared Leonard to Jaguars' back Greg Jones in their pre-draft speculations. At the 2007 NFL Combine Leonard was timed at 4.49 in the 40 yard dash, which is exceptionally fast for a fullback and above average for a running back; also, bench pressed 225 lbs 28 times (most of any running back). NFL Network's Mike Mayock had Leonard ranked as the #4 running back in the draft.

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