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Leonard Fournette cites water weight for 240-pound weigh-in

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Slow down the alarm bells on the extra weight that Leonard Fournette brought to the NFL Scouting Combine.

One of the 2017 NFL Draft's elite running backs attributed five of his 240 pounds to excess water weight that already has left his body, although he admitted he didn't expect to arrive in Indianapolis quite so heavy.

"It was surprising. I drank a lot of water before I weighed in, so it was water weight. It went away completely. (I wanted to weigh) 235, which is what I played at in the season," Fournette said Thursday.

At 240, Fournette was the heaviest running back at the combine, which drew plenty of attention on Wednesday. He certainly doesn't expect to be any slower on Friday, when running backs take part in the 40-yard dash and other combine drills.

"Somewhere in the 4.4s," Fournette said when asked what should be expected of his clocking in the 40.

Be it at 235 or 240, Fournette is an imposing rusher whose combination of size and speed could make a big impact for an NFL offense this fall.

And if he runs a sub-4.5 40 time on Friday, as he expects, nobody will be questioning five extra pounds.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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