Perhaps the top back in this year’s draft class doesn’t want to hear about how he compares to his idol.
With just three weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, ’tis the season for mock drafts, rumors, and player comparisons. For those of you who already know the incoming class of college players like the back of your hand, you are well aware that some pretty good running backs will be pros very soon. Among the top names is, of course, LSU RB Leonard Fournette.
At 6-feet and 240 pounds, Fournette is a locomotive who can power through you or run around you. This is a freakish young man who has been destined for the NFL since his high school days. His style of play and stature has for years now reminded many of current free agent tailback, Adrian Peterson. As much as Fournette loves AP, though, he is not fond of the comparisons. He had this to say to Mike Mayock of NFL Network following his pro day:
“Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league. Someone who dominates the game as a single player, who wins one-on-ones, who makes guys miss. I wouldn’t mind, but to me, that’s a little too much credit because he’s who I want to be”
What a classy, humble answer from a great football player. In sports today, athletes are quick to flaunt their talents and run their mouths. An answer like this is refreshing to say the least. Fournette is right; as talented as he is, he has yet to put on an NFL uniform. Naturally comparisons are going to come, but the LSU product has shielded this one off admirably. Expected to be a top 10 selection in a few weeks, Fournette will be extremely tough for teams to pass up on. His ceiling is extremely high due to the fact he could be the next, well … you know.