Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis showed no signs of slowing down at the Senior Bowl. In fact, the Butkus Award winner was the defensive star of the week and capped it off by collecting 11 tackles in Saturday's game. But he has just one spot in Steve Megargee's Senior Bowl Hot 11, a breakdown...[details]
The Good: Well-developed fifth-year senior is one of the best athletes at this position to come along over the past decade. Leonard has been one of the most complete backs entering the pro ranks after playing both backfield positions at a high level over his four starting seasons. He was a very productive earlier in his career, mainly as a tailback. He is a powerful inside runner with the speed to break the play. He has excellent hands to catch the ball out of the backfield and has developed into a good lead blocker with fine all-around talent. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine.
The Bad: Had limited carries over his final season, giving way to sophomore standout Ray Rice.
Outlook: He carries a starting NFL grade at fullback, though his development will also allow him to play as a feature back. His fine receiving skills should allow him to win the third-down role immediately as a pro. He figures in the mid-first day area with the Giants, Texans, Jets and Bucs very interested. Top 50 pick and the best athlete at the position. He is probably a top-five back overall in this class.
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