BATON ROUGE, La. — Leonard Fournette raised eyebrows when he showed up to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine tipping the scales at 240 pounds. Wednesday at LSU’s pro day, he raised them again by showing how quickly he can make that extra weight go away.
Fournette weighed in at 228 pounds in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
“They said I looked good,” Fournette said. “I think some [teams] wanted to see if I could get down to that size.”
Fournette’s mother, Lory, earned the assist for his more slender figure.
“My mom’s been on me about what I’m eating,” Fournette said. “I wanted to show everyone that I can lose the weight.”
In the end, it might not make much of a difference.
Fournette played at 235 pounds during the Tigers’ 2016 season — when he wasn’t injured, that is — and some NFL teams see him capable of weighing as much as 250. For Fournette, the weight loss was a signal to potential employers that he is taking himself seriously.
“I just want to show I can be disciplined and do what I have to do,” he said.
Outside of his weigh-in, there were no other measurables for Fournette to show on his pro day. He elected to stick with his results from the combine. He ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.
However, he did not participate in the shuttle run or the 3-cone drills at LSU’s pro day. Fournette didn’t do those events at the combine, either.
He was succinct in his explanation for skipping them.
“I didn’t really” consider doing agility drills, he said. “Those are the things I’m good at.”
Fournette drew plenty of attention in his individual drills, as a runner and a receiver.
After the combine, Fournette jumped ahead of Florida State’s Dalvin Cook on the boards of multiple draft gurus as the top running back prospect in the class this year. His pro day performance probably won’t change that assessment.
“He looked tremendous in the drills he did. Crisp,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “It looked like his ankle, to me, was 100 percent. I’m not a doctor, but it looked great. He cut; he changed direction well. He was happy. And there was kind of a ‘wow’ factor when he ran through the bags.”