Rick Leonard

Florida St.
OT

Prospect Info

College
Florida St.
Hometown
Class
Middletown, MD
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 7"
311 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.98
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New Orleans
Saints
Round 4 ‧ Pick 27
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Despite starring at Middletown High School in Maryland, where the four-star recruit was the state's Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandmother to matriculate to Florida State. He played four games as a reserve defensive end in 2014, and then shared the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in spring 2015 practices. His production on defense was not excessive the following fall, however, as he had just five tackles (2.5 for loss) in 13 games. Coaches asked him to move to the offensive line the following spring, and he wound up starting six games at right tackle in 2016 (the first three and final three). Leonard was the team's starting right tackle for all 13 games of the 2017 season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
PFA
Overview
Leonard is a top-heavy tackle with decent athleticism but lacking in consistency and fundamentals at this stage of his development. There is enough athleticism and potential to work with, but he is still a project with a lack of body control and balance that creates challenges in landing anywhere but a practice squad early in his career.
Strengths
  • Former defensive end with upside as he is still learning the position
  • Good quickness coming out of his stance and into his pass sets
  • Shows quickness to meet speed along the edge
  • Uses direct path in his pass punch and puts some pepper on it
  • Plays with inside hands and solid placement
  • Has strength to punch and extend
  • Choppy settle steps into targets as run blocker
  • Shows ability to get to second level targets
  • Has athletic ability that can be worked with by a coaching staff
Weaknesses
  • Consistently on skates
  • Base is inconsistent and balance is erratic
  • Spends a majority of his run blocks playing too far over his skis
  • Has to rely on hand strength and sheer will to sustain blocks
  • Lacks body control and falls off of run blocks in space
  • Over-strides on run blocks and struggles to redirect and catch inside moves
  • Can't bend effectively to create leverage point as run blocker
  • Pass sets lack patience and balance

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league