The roller-coaster day of former LSU running back Leonard Fournette was the talk of the NFL combine on Friday, and thousands of people took to Twitter to voice their support and astonishment at his performances.
Fournette’s time of 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash drew rave reviews. It was the fastest ever by a running back weighing 240 pounds or more.
Most football fans were blown away by the fact that a running back of Fournette’s size could run as fast as he did. The 40-yard dash time only seemed to make them want him to play for their favorite team even more in the upcoming season.
Leonard Fournette is Native American for "Runs with Weight"
— Brian J. Campbell (@ULbiomechanics) March 4, 2017
Leonard Fournette (a 240-pound RB) is faster than WR teammates Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre.
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) March 4, 2017
— M. (@MrMatthew_Man) March 4, 2017
Showed my son Leonard Fournette's 4.51 40.
Mo: Can u take the fast filter off so I can see in real time?
Me: It IS real time
— NORA (@AmoreNora) March 4, 2017
Meanwhile, Fournette’s vertical leap of only 28.5 inches, which was the lowest for a running back since 2003, was ridiculed by some people.
That stat wasn’t an issue for some fans, because they didn’t envision him having to jump over a lot of potential tacklers during a game.
But some people were surprised, because they thought his leap should have been better because of his athletic prowess.
— FletcherNostradmus™ (@SaintFDW) March 4, 2017
Leonard Fournette had the same vertical as Kirk cousins.
— C H R I S (@C__Pearce10) March 4, 2017
I just don't see Leonard Fournette being a great RB in the NFL. I think he has more cons than pros in his game.
— Tyler Walrath?? (@t_walrath30) March 4, 2017
Funny thing is Leonard Fournette and I have the same standing vertical ?
— Juicy Jules (@JulesEastland) March 4, 2017