Leonard Fournette Rumored to Be 'In Play' for Browns at No. 1 in 2017 NFL Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2017

LSU running back Leonard Fournette runs through drills during their NCAA college football pro day in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The Cleveland Browns might not be set on Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 after all.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported LSU running back Leonard Fournette could be in play with the top overall spot as his stock rises ahead of the NFL draft, which begins April 27.

Fournette, who drew some concern after arriving at the combine at 240 pounds, trimmed down to 228 at LSU's pro day. He is widely viewed as the best running back in this class and one of the top overall prospects.

"I think some of them wanted me to just see if I could get down to that size," Fournette told reporters at the pro day. "Some people had concerns about me at 240. ... So I just wanted to show them I could stay on course and be disciplined and do what I have to do."

No running back has been taken with the No. 1 overall selection since Ki-Jana Carter in 1995. Carter is considered one of the worst top picks in NFL history, rushing for just 1,144 yards in a career marred by injuries.

Bo Jackson, who refused to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986, is the only other running back selected No. 1 overall in the last 30 drafts. Jackson went on to play just four NFL seasons before hip injuries forced him to retire.

Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons as LSU's primary running back. He was limited to a career-low 843 yards and eight scores last season and played in just seven games due to injury.

That has done little to impact Fournette's draft stock. La Canfora categorized him as a borderline top-five lock. Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 overall to the Dallas Cowboys last year, which was the highest a running back had gone since Trent Richardson in 2012.

Ironically, it was the Browns who pulled the trigger on Richardson. The former Alabama star is no longer in the NFL.

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