To no one’s surprise, LSU running back Leonard Fournette has announced that he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Fournette is widely projected to be among the top picks this spring.
“I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL draft after our bowl game,” Fournette declared on Twitter. “I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare. I want everyone to know that I will forever treasure my experience as a Tiger.”
Some have called for Fournette to stay out of the Citrus Bowl, but the Tigers star says that he will not walk out on his team. So far this year, the talented tailback has missed four games due to various injuries including ankle sprains. In his injury-shortened season, Fournette has still managed to run for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2015, Fournette was largely healthy and ran for 1,953 rushing yards, good for an average of 162.8 yards per game.
This year’s crop of running backs is expected to be a strong one with Leonard Fournette of LSU, Dalvin Cook of Florida State, D’Onta Foreman of Arizona, and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford at the top of the heap. Late last month, Foreman announced that he is going pro.
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