Prospect Profile: Jim Leonhard

Jim Leonhard School: Wisconsin
Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 191 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Finished with 72/3/10 as a senior, also averaging 12.7 yards on 35 punt returns. Posted career numbers of 99/11/25 as a sophomore.

Positives: Opportunistic, ball-hawking defensive back with excellent cover skills. Intelligent defender who diagnoses the action, immediately locates the pass in the air, then displays outstanding ball skills. Quickly breaks on the throw, possesses a burst of closing speed, and works well with cornerbacks. Efficient, takes good angles to the action and fires up the field in run support. Does an exceptional job staying with the action, remaining disciplined and reading the quarterback's eyes. Gets vertical and adjusts in midair to make the interception or defend the throw. Good special teams player.

Negatives: Beaten out by larger receivers. Has difficulty in man-toman situations. Suffered from a stress fracture in his left foot and unable to perform in the post season.

Analysis: While lacking the true size/speed numbers for any single position in the defensive backfield, Leonhard's productivity and football awareness cannot be overlooked. Known for his work ethic, he is a consistent defender with top intangibles.

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