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05/17/17 - RB Leonard Fournette signed his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday. While the Jaguars did not release terms of the deal, the team tweeted a picture of Fournette signing his first NFL contract. Fournette was selected fourth overall at last month's draft and reportedly signed a four-year deal.
05/13/17 - RB Leonard Fournette met with local media following his first practice and told them two things -- he's excited about having a big blocking fullback in front of him and he enjoys catching passes. Fournette will be one of the biggest running backs in the league next season. He played around 240 pounds with LSU a year ago but may drop 10 pounds and be around 230. As for the speculation that he isn't as adapt at catching the ball due to his low number of receptions (41 catches in 32 games) at LSU, Fournette downplayed the notion. "I've been catching so it's fun. It's fun," he said. "Really, you're getting the best people the ball in space, giving the team opportunities also, the player opportunities to make the play, to score. It's doing whatever the team needs, uplifting the team."
03/07/17 - NFL Combine Cliffhangers: Is the same true for Fournette? Not necessarily. I've been as big of a Leonard Fournette fan (he was my No. 3 overall prospect heading into the combine) as anyone but I have to question how seriously he's taking this process after coming in at 240 pounds. Prospects should be in the best shape of their life at the combine. I remain convinced that Fournette is as gifted as any back since Adrian Peterson, but what made AP great is not just his size, speed and power but his grit. Fournette's stock is falling … and fast. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Losers: Leonard Fournette: The biggest name in the running back class disappointed in his overall combine showing, as he came to Indy weighing 240 pounds, five more than he weighed in college. Fournette attributed that to “water weight,” which is a pretty big red flag for an excuse. He wasn’t explosive in the vertical jump, and although he ran a 4.5 40 to somewhat quell some of the concerns, there are still issues at play here if someone wants to spend a top-five or top-10 pick on the powerful back out of LSU. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
03/01/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Wednesday takeaways: 10. Thirty-pound difference between the draft’s top two backs...In the eyes of many around the league, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook are the top two running backs in the 2017 draft class, and both should hear their name called in the top 20 picks. Anyone who has watched the two ultra-talented backs understand they are different styles of runners, but the weigh-ins only confirmed that as Fournette tipped the scales at 240 pounds while Cook measured at 210 pounds. While slightly different than their listed weights in college, neither was much of a surprise. The “bigger” running back is a dying breed, but Fournette doesn’t belong in that category. He is naturally big-boned, carries his weight extremely well and will still excel during the agility drills. Fournette is simply a specimen. The main negative working against Cook is the medicals and long-term durability, specifically with his shoulders. And while 210 pounds for a running back is enough to get the job done, his lack of ideal body armor is something that could scare teams from drafting Cook as high as his talent warrants. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com