A.C. LEONARD TE, Tennessee State

Size - 6040e - 245e - 4.70e

Strong Points - Athlete, speed, hands, run after catch, willing blocker

Weak Points - Forced transfer from Florida, very raw, pass routes, blocking technique, lacks a consistent effort, always plays from a right-handed stance, plays at a lower level of competition

2013 Stats - 34 catches, 441 yards, 5 TDs

Summation - Leonard is a third-year junior who is entering the Draft early. He originally enrolled at Florida in January 2011 and got playing time as a true freshman the last third of the 2011 season. He had an arrest for battery while at Florida in the spring of 2012 and was asked to leave. He transferred to Tennessee State that summer and was a two year starter. His best season statistically was 2012 when he caught 51 passes for 733 yards and 6 TDs. His production fell off in 2013.
On tape, his athleticism and speed stand out, but he is very raw and not a consistent all out competitor. He lines up in tight and split out. When in tight, he lines up on both sides of the formation but always plays from a right-handed stance. The best thing he does is catch the ball. He has good hands and does a good job adjusting to poorly thrown passes. He is a very inconsistent route runner. You don't see any discipline in his routes and they are sloppy to say the least. While he flashes the ability to get in and out of cuts quickly, you don't see it all the time. He has the speed to get open deep and can be a deep threat. He does not show a feel for getting open versus zone coverage. After the catch, he is a strong runner who will break arm tackles and fight for extra yards.
As a blocker, he shows a willingness but lacks technique. He does not know how to get position, keep that position, use his hands, or finish.
Overall, Leonard has talent but is not ready to play in the NFL. I see him as a late draft choice, but in an ideal situation, needs a year on the practice squad to develop his game. He may get drafted higher than my grade because of his speed and athleticism.

Grade - C 6.3