Leonard Fournette continues to fly up draft boards ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft next week, and his stock may be at an all-time high.
The former LSU running back ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt on Monday. Only Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett ranked ahead of him.
“Very explosive runner,” Brandt wrote in his evaluation. “Had best 20-yard time of any running back at the combine. Looks like a linebacker when you meet him in person.”
Fournette’s lackluster production against Alabama and his injury issues are a concern for Brandt. But even so, it’s one of the best evaluations Fournette has gotten in the lead-up to the draft.
Brandt’s rankings come a week after it was reported Fournette could be tempting as the first overall pick.
“Some have suggested to me that Fournette is even in play at No. 1 with the Browns,” reported Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Fournette has eased a lot of the concerns about his potential over the last couple of months. After some questioned his speed, he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL combine at 240 pounds. Then, at LSU’s pro day, he alleviated worries about his size by weighing in at 228 pounds.
The LSU star had plenty of doubters at the start of the draft process. Now, if the recent reports and evaluations are accurate, he may have worked his way into the top 5 picks of the first round.
The draft kicks off next week on Thursday, April 27.