Darius Leonard – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Darius Leonard

OLB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
OLB South Carolina State 10 SR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'3 235 N/A 6'2 234 34 3/8 10 1/4

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.7 38* DNP 17 DNP 4.5*

Overview:

Leonard finished his career at South Carolina State, where he played in 42 career games, had 381 tackles, 54.0 for loss, 20.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and 7 forced fumbles. He has good size, he has good speed, and is a tackling machine. He is a defensive play maker, and a difference maker on defense. He is also a tough nosed player, and has good instincts. He also gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a good pass rusher. He is versatile, as he can lineup at outside linebacker, and inside linebacker. He is also a hard hitter, and a good cover linebacker. And he is a ball hawking linebacker. On the other hand, while he has good speed, he does not have elite linebacker speed, but that does not hurt his game. With that said, I view Leonard as a late day 2, to early day 3 pick when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has good size

Has good speed

A tackling machine

A defensive play maker

A difference maker on defense

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

A tough nosed player

Very experienced

Has good instincts

Versatile as he can play OLB and ILB

A good cover LB

Gets good pressure on the QB

Is a good pass rusher

A hard hitter

Does a great job of breaking up passes

Put up great sack numbers at South Carolina State

Does a great job of bringing the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

While he has good speed he does not have elite LB speed but that does not hurt his game

Career Stats:

Games Played: 42

Tackles: 381

Tackles For Loss: 54.0

Sacks: 20.0

Interceptions: 6

Pass Breakups: 13

Forced Fumbles: 7