As if he needs to, Leonard Fournette was clearly on a mission to impress those in attendance at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday.
It’s only been about a month since the NFL combine, but Fournette still managed to shed 12 pounds, weighing in at 228 pounds from 240 in Indianapolis.
Fournette said the reasoning for that was simply to show that he’s mature enough as an athlete to do it, pointing out that his effort will be 100 percent regardless of what he weighs.
“Discipline. I wanted to show everyone that I can lose weight when it comes to business,” Fournette told ESPN’s Tom Luginbill as he discussed other topics during his pro day workout.
Leonard Fournette with Tom Lugenbill from today's Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/eN6IreJ5Aa
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Fournette’s main goal was to show his versatility. He wanted to dispel any doubts that he could check all the boxes and do anything that a great running back is expected to do.
“I wanted to show everybody that I’m not just a north-south runner. I can make people miss,” Fournette said. “I can help my game out catching the ball, pass-protection, doesn’t matter.”
Fournette mentioned how his time in Baton Rouge flew by. Over that prolific three-year career with the Tigers, Fournette set or tied 23 school records, running for 1,953 yards as a sophomore, second only to former Alabama RB Derrick Henry’s 2,219 that same season.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay projects Fournette to go fourth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Mel Kiper Jr. has him going eighth to the Carolina Panthers. The NFL draft will begin April 27.