I'd like to thank Dane Truxell, Associate Sports Editor for The Daily Targum, which covers all things Rutgers, for answering a few questions on RU Running Back Brian Leonard, who the Eagles have shown interest in and has shown up as a possible Eagles second or third round pick in some mock drafts.
BGN Now that Rutgers has had it's pro day, is there any buzz there about which NFL teams may be sniffing around Leonard?
BGN Leonard was a fullback in college but has dedicated himself to becoming a tailback in the NFL. Has he ever expressed his reasoning behind the desire to switch? Also, why didn't he didn't play tailback at RU?
BGN Is there a pro right now or in the past that you think compares favorably to Leonard?
As a halfback, I might compare him to a guy like Greg Jones, but his versatility also pushes me to compare him a bit to Chris Cooley.
The "versatility" Dane is referring to is that Leonard is considered one of, if not the best pass catching back in the draft... which is something we all know is very important in the Eagles offense.
BGN For quite a while Eagles fans have been clamoring for a "big back" that can move piles and grind out short yardage, and I think they'd be very happy to see Brian Leonard filling that role. Is there anything about Leonard that could indicate maybe he won't be a good pro? Is he a good guy?
BGN Finally, is there anything else about Brian you think we ought to know or may find interesting?
Huge thanks to Dane Truxell from The The Daily Targum for taking the time to help us out.
Anyone have any thoughts on Leonard? Eagles fans, visiting RU fans?