South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard is one of 30 2018 NFL Draft prospects who will meet with the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official pre-draft visit, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.
Leonard measures in at 6-2, 234 pounds. He finished his four-year college football career at NCAA FCS level SCSU with 381 total tackles, 20 sacks, 13 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and six interceptions. That’s a lot of good production, which is something the Eagles valued highly in their 2017 NFL Draft class with Joe Douglas setting the board.
Leonard projects to be a 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL. The Eagles could be interested in him as a potential Mychal Kendricks replacement. Leonard could potentially compete with free agent signing Corey Nelson and 2017 fifth-round pick Nate Gerry for Philadelphia’s weakside linebacker role.
Scouting report from NFL.com:
Draft Projection: Rounds 2-3
Sources Tell Us: “He’s a good worker and good learner and I think he has a chance to be a war daddy once he has an NFL training table and strength program behind him.” - AFC area scout
NFL Comparison: Wesley Woodyard
Bottom Line: Long and twitchy with athletic ability and straight-line speed that should light up the combine. Leonard has packed on the pounds since hitting campus, but it hasn’t compromised his play speed as he has posted dominant production throughout. He lacks play strength and there are times you want to see more nasty in his field demeanor, but he has the traits and talent to become a good, three-down linebacker who can play 3-4 inside backer or 4-3 WILL.
Spider graph via Mockdraftable:
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South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard
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