AC Leonard is a former four-star tight recruit who enrolled at Florida. Physically he looks the part — although he failed to beat out Jordan Reed for playing time with the Gators. You’ll need to be willing to see past the reason he left Florida if you want him to be part of your football team.
According to the Palm Beach Post, he got into some rather disturbing trouble last year…
“(Leonard) was arrested in February and later pleaded nolo contendre to a misdemeanor battery count. His girlfriend told police Leonard shoved her to the ground and dragged her through an apartment by her hair and feet. The police report said the woman was missing “chunks of hair” from her head.”
He eventually transferred to Tennessee State, where he’s put up 1174 yards in two years — scoring 11 touchdowns. He’s listed at 6-4 and 245lbs.
During recruitment he was timed at 4.9 for the forty, which is far from great. Yet it’s so difficult to work out how fast these tight ends are. Even guys like Jimmy Graham and Jordan Cameron don’t always look noticeably faster than a Zach Ertz or Coby Fleener on the field. It’s more suddenness and burst, rather than long speed. Plus the ability to dominate going up for the football.
Leonard has presumably improved that forty yard dash if he spent his time wisely at Florida. He’ll need to flash during the post season to boost his stock given the obvious character checks that are going to take place.
Tony Pauline is reporting he’s received third or fourth round grades within the NFL. He officially declared this week. It all comes down to the character checks really.
If a team or two believe in him, he could make for a solid move-tight end or joker. And if the Seahawks are looking in the mid-to-late rounds for mobile, tall receiving targets — he may be one to monitor. Although his charge at Florida puts me off big time. That’s just my take. I suspect others will feel the same way.