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Dynasty: Javon Leake - RB Maryland (the other one)

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Leake was interesting because you'd see him flash and then wonder how they have 2 guys that fast.  He's more straight line-ish type of runner, but can easily hit homeruns.  Reminds me of Tevin Coleman a lot actually.  Listed at 6'0" 206.  Not sure if he's an all around guy or just a change of pace type of runner, but he's interesting.  Wasn't really used that often with McFarland taking over that backfield.  

Highlight Reel - again it's lots of long runs, and that's most of what his game is at this point.  Really have no idea if he can pass catch or not so his role may be very limited.  Probably going to be irrelevant but he's an interesting guy when I watched him.  Thought he and McFarland made a nice duo backfield, and he could just be the unsung hero of it all.  

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2020 NFL Draft: How teams should copy Super Bowl champion Chiefs by adding similarly skilled prospects

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Another sprinter, Leake was the backup to the dynamic Anthony McFarland who could sneak onto the second day. But Leake is a true home run hitter too. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry in 2018 on 34 rushes then ran at a 7.2 yards-per-carry clip in 2019 on 102 attempts and scored eight times in 2019. Also, he had three kick-return touchdowns in his carry and averaged 26.8 yards per return this past season. At 6-0 and 206 pounds, Leake doesn't have the classic burner size but destroys pursuit angles with the ball in his hands.

 

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Maryland junior RB Javon Leake declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Leake (6'0/206) has been a big play waiting to happen throughout his Maryland career, averaging 7.9 YPC during his three years with the program. The speedster is an adept special teams weapon, too, having just been named Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year after racking up 799 yards (26.6 yards per return) this fall. While Leake is somewhat off the draft radar at this juncture, we would not be surprised if he found his share of fans over the coming months as he works to try to gain a foothold told a Day 3 selection. On the Maryland side of things, the Terps have now lost their top two backs, as Anthony McFarland threw his hat into the draft ring on Tuesday.

SOURCE: Javon Leake on Twitter

Dec 4, 2019, 2:58 PM ET

 

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ahhh now I see, Faust you had more links ready for Leake than McFarland? 

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I can't speak to his accuracy and I haven't watched either myself, but I found it interesting that NFL's Lance Zierlein had Leake (who was completely off my radar) graded at 6.3 ("talent to become dependable starter within the first couple of seasons") and McFarland graded at 5.53 ("could land at the back-end of a roster or on a practice squad... will always be fighting for a roster spot")

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7 minutes ago, inyoutees said:

I can't speak to his accuracy and I haven't watched either myself, but I found it interesting that NFL's Lance Zierlein had Leake (who was completely off my radar) graded at 6.3 ("talent to become dependable starter within the first couple of seasons") and McFarland graded at 5.53 ("could land at the back-end of a roster or on a practice squad... will always be fighting for a roster spot")

Personally I see it the other way around.  Leake is very straight line'ish and can't do much in terms of creating for himself.  Very fast guy and at 6'0 he's big enough that he could grow into a bigger role if he fixes those things.  He needs well blocked lanes to explode through and can't get yardage without it.  In the right situation I can see him being a starter, but McFarland is way more well rounded.  

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Good overall weigh in.  I expect a good 40 time from him as well, but I'm more interested in his drills.  He's so straight line in games I want to see some versatility for me to move him up at all.  I don't doubt his speed.  

Height: 6-0 1/8

Weight: 215

Hand: 9 5/8

Arm: 31 4/8

Wingspan: 75 6/8

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Maryland RB Javon Leake to 49ers RB Tevin Coleman.

Leake (6'0/215) earned his invite to the NFL Scouting Combine by averaging a robust 7.2 YPC over 102 carries in 2019 and ranking third in the FBS with 804 kick return yards, scoring twice. He showed a penchant for creating chunk plays but isn't built for inside running duty. Zierlein writes "He's a bonafide playmaker with low mileage on the odometer and might be coveted by teams looking for an injection of life into their running game." Leake's return ability will undoubtedly get him some looks from NFL scouts, but they may sour on him after the sub-par 4.65 40-yard dash and 34 inch vertical jump he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine. Leake can be considered a Day 3/UDFA draft prospect.

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 17, 2020, 2:54 PM ET

 

 

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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller writes that Maryland RB Javon Leake possesses "the tools to be a surprise starter as a Day 3 pick from this year's class."

"Leake didn't test particularly well, but turn on his game film and you see a punishing runner with off-tackle speed with a penchant for big plays," Miller writes of the 6-foot, 15-pound Leake. On the testing front, the Maryland back managed just 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Concluded the analyst, "He needs to clean up some fumbling issues, and he hasn't produced in the passing game, but the athleticism is there for him to become a better contributor." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Leake to Tevin Coleman.

SOURCE: Bleacher Report

Mar 28, 2020, 3:42 PM ET

 

 

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