LSU running back Leonard Fournette and safety Jamal Adams took center stage Wednesday during the Tigers' pro day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both prospects are expected to come off the board during the first half of Round 1 in the 2017 NFL draft.
Fournette, who's battled Florida State's Dalvin Cook and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey for the No. 1 running back spot throughout the draft process, made immediate headlines during the weigh-in. He tipped the scales well below his weight at the NFL Scouting Combine, per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
LSU RB Leonard Fournette weighed in at 228 at his Pro Day, down 12 pounds from combine.2017-4-5 13:55:29
Here are the complete measurements for the team's top offensive and defensive stars:
|2017 LSU Tigers Pro Day: Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams|
|Fournette (Pro Day)||6'0 ⅜"||228||31 ¾"||9 ⅛"||DNP|
|Fournette (Combine)||6'0"||240||31 ⅝"||9 ¼"||4.51|
|Adams (Pro Day)||5'11 ¾"||212||32 ⅛"||9 ⅜"||4.33|
|Adams (Combine)||6'0"||214||33 ⅜"||9 ¼"||4.56|
While the top story for the dynamic rusher will be his weight drop, Adams eliminated concerns about his speed by making a significant improvement in the 40-yard dash. Getting down into the low 4.3 range is far more promising than the 4.56 he clocked as part of his mostly middling combine results.
Kristian Garic of WWL Radio highlighted the playmaking safety's run:
Kristian Garic @KristianGaric
LSU Safety Jamal Adams running 40 4.33 https://t.co/28N7sokHEU2017-4-5 15:06:29
Albert Breer of The MMQB passed along details from a scout in attendance:
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
Just texted with a scout on the ground at LSU, he had S Jamal Adams' 40 at 4.41. Not as fast as announced, but a big improvement over Indy.2017-4-5 15:37:16
Adams wisely declined the option to run a second 40 after his blistering first attempt. Fournette didn't run at all, even though he may have been able to improve his time at the lighter weight.
LSU Football showcased the running back as he did agility work:
LSU Football @LSUfootball
Leonard Fournette running agility drills here at Pro Day. https://t.co/iP0oYjSCpG2017-4-5 16:10:42
Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer spotlighted one of Fournette's positional drills:
Jourdan Rodrigue @JourdanRodrigue
Leonard Fournette vs. Skipper https://t.co/IaGe0BOs1Q2017-4-5 16:14:08
Finally, Mark Dulgerian of Optimum Scouting showed off his work as a pass-catcher:
Mark Dulgerian @MarkDulgerianOS
Leonard Fournette ran routes & caught passes from Matt Flynn w receivers at LSU pro day. https://t.co/BwZgjbGaHM2017-4-5 16:46:08
Afterward, LSU Football relayed reaction from Fournette about his weight and the pro day:
LSU Football @LSUfootball
Leonard Fournette with Tom Lugenbill from today's Pro Day. https://t.co/eN6IreJ5Aa2017-4-5 16:29:28
Adams also took part in the on-field workout. His wide-ranging abilities in the defensive backfield are the main reason his stock didn't drop after his slow combine run. Put those together with his improved time, and it's clear why he's one of the class' most coveted prospects.
Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com showed off the safety's terrific footwork:
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Jamal Adams going through drills #LSU https://t.co/LEg58yvB6A2017-4-5 17:05:33
It was more of the same in a different drill, per Nick Suss of SEC Country:
Nick Suss @nicksuss
Jamal Adams has such great feet. #LSU #NFLDraft https://t.co/eUmur2F3Zv2017-4-5 17:08:23
Andrew Groover of NFL Network noted some high-profile coaches and executives at the workout:
Andrew Groover @APGroover
Tomlin, Mularkey Caldwell and Bowles in Baton Rouge for @LSUfootball Pro Day. Also, GMs Jerry Reese and Jon Robinson #pathtothedraft2017-4-5 13:47:39
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see what type of reaction Fournette's weight receives around the league. His unique blend of power and speed is what makes him a special prospect, so he doesn't want to drop too many pounds and risk losing his ability to shed tacklers.
Ross Tucker of NBCSN provided his assessment of the situation:
Ross Tucker @RossTuckerNFL
Could argue Fournette's wild weight fluctuation & being unprepared for combine more of a negative than weighing 228 today is a positive.2017-4-5 15:12:36
Both of LSU's top prospects should remain in the upper echelon following the pro day, though. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed Fournette as the No. 2 overall player (No. 1 running back) and Adams as the No. 4 overall prospect (No. 1 safety) on his latest big board.
It would qualify as a surprise if either one is still available outside the top 15 on April 27.