Darius Leonard   #53 OLB

Height: 6-2   Weight: 234   Age: 23

Born: 7/27/1995 Mullins , SC

College: South Carolina State

Experience: 2nd season

High School: Lake View HS [SC]









Draft 2018

Pick No.36

Selected By: Indianapolis Colts

Round: 2

Pick (Overall): 4 (36)

Pick Analysis: As the half-brother of former Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters, Leonard expected to one day suit up for the Tigers. Clemson only offered him a preferred walk-on invitation, however, so he decided to take the ride at SCSU. Leonard has played like an FBS recruit for the Bulldogs, playing the run inside, coming off the edge as a pass rusher, and making plays in coverage. He garnered MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016 with 124 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, three pass break-ups, and four forced fumbles. He posted 70 stops the previous year, 13.5 for loss, five sacks, and two interceptions to earn a first-team all-conference selection. Leonard led SCSU in tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2014, compiling 86, 14 for loss, five sacks, and two forced fumbles.


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  1. Joseph Addai announces the Colts select Darius Leonard No. 36 in the 2018 NFL Draft

    Published: April 27, 2018 at 07:35 p.m.

    The Indianapolis Colts select South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard No. 36 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  2. Instant Draft Grade Darius Leonard: B+

    Published: April 27, 2018 at 07:30 p.m.

    NFL Network's Bucky Brooks offers his grade on linebacker Darius Leonard, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 36 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  3. DJ: SC State LB Darius Leonard could be the next Telvin Smith

    Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 03:12 p.m.

    NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah explains why he's watching Darius Leonard at the Senior Bowl practices this week.

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