The Rams got their man in the first round of this years draft. Carriker will come in and be an iunstant starter most likely and he will help out on an improving defense.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Rams Select Brian Leonard With the 52nd overall pick in the draft, the Rams took FB/RB, Brian Leonard from Rutgers. Leonard is very versatile. As an inside runner, he shows nice vision, agility, and balance. He can run, block, and catch. I'm not so sure he'd the best pick for the rams here, but he'll be good for us.
Bio from NFL.com
Brian Leonard Height: 6-1 Weight: 238 Position: Fullback/Running Back College: Rutgers
OVERVIEW While the fullback position has evolved over the years, Leonard's hard-nosed, aggressive style is reminiscent to that of former Green Bay Packers great Jim Taylor. Not since Purdue's Mike Alstott (1991-95) has a collegiate fullback been able to determine an outcome of a game on such a consistent basis as Leonard did throughout his career. Whether breaking free for a long run, powering his way into the end zone in goal-line situations, providing a devastating block for halfback sensation Ray Rice or making the clutch catch in traffic, Leonard is the type of player defenses always need to account for. Leonard was a standout running back and linebacker at Gouverneur High School (N.Y.), where he led the team to a 9-1 record and the Class B Section X championship as a senior. He was a two-time all-state selection and the Watertown Daily Times Athlete of the Year, in addition to being named All-Northern Conference Most Valuable Player three times. He closed out his career as the state of New York's all-time scoring leader with 696 points, totaling 107 touchdowns while rushing for 5,854 yards. As a senior, Leonard rushed for 2,398 yards on 234 carries (10.2 avg.) and 47 touchdowns, adding seven two-point conversions; he also caught 23 passes for 529 yards and produced nine consecutive 200-yard rushing games that year. As a linebacker, he recorded 64 tackles, including 41 solo stops, one sack and two interceptions. He rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 28-22 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy in the title game and scored eight touchdowns in the Wildcats' victory over Cornwall High. Leonard was also a standout basketball player. He garnered first-team all-league recognition and PrepStar All-American honors. In track, he competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump. He posted impressive wins in both the 100 and 200 at the Section VII/X Track and Field Championships. Leonard was a four-time honor roll student. The younger brother of former Scarlet Knight linebacker Nate Leonard (1999-2001), Leonard enrolled at Rutgers in 2002 and spent the year as a halfback on the scout team while his brother served as a graduate assistant. Brian Leonard exploded onto the collegiate scene in 2003, earning Freshman All-American honors as he was also named Big East Conference Freshman of the Year. He started 10 of 12 games at halfback, leading the team in rushing with 880 yards and nine touchdowns on 213 carries (4.1-yard average). He also led the Scarlet Knights with 53 receptions for 488 yards (9.2 avg.) and five scores. He ranked fifth in the Big East with an average of 114.0 all-purpose yards per game and scored 84 points. He also had two solo tackles and a fumble recovery. Leonard shifted to fullback in 2004, earning Pro Football Weekly All-American honors. The first-team All-Big East Conference pick missed the Syracuse game with a leg bruise, but he still led the conference with an average of 125.0 all-purpose yards per game. He led the team with 199 carries for 732 yards (3.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns and ranked second on the squad with 61 catches for 518 yards (8.5 avg.) and two scores to finish with 54 points. Leonard also had three tackles (two solos). In 2005, Leonard was again named to Pro Football Weekly's All-American team, in addition to picking up All-Big East Conference accolades. Taking on a more traditional fullback role with the arrival of halfback Raymell Rice, Leonard still finished second on the team with 173 rushes for 740 yards (4.3 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He led Rutgers with 55 receptions for 568 yards (10.3 avg.) and six scores. His average of 8.5 points scored per game ranked fourth in the Big East while his average of 4.58 catches per game ranked second. He scored a career-high 102 points and averaged 109.0 all-purpose yards per game. As a senior, Leonard was again named a first-team All-American and landed on the All-Big East Conference second team. He was used more as a blocker, producing 14 touchdown-producing blocks. He carried 93 times for a career-low 427 yards (4.6 avg.) and five touchdowns. He caught 38 passes for 294 yards (7.7 avg.) and totaled 667 all-purpose yards with 30 total points and two solo tackles. In 47 games at Rutgers, Leonard started 45 times. He holds the Big East record with at least one reception in 47 games. He holds the school record with 207 career receptions, on which he gained 1,868 yards (9.0 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns. He rushed 678 times for 2,779 yards (4.1 avg.) and 32 scores. He holds the school record with 272 points scored and recorded seven tackles (six solos) and a fumble recovery. Leonard holds the Rutgers record with 5,961 all-purpose yards, averaging 129.59 yards per game. ANALYSIS Positives: Solidly built with above-average strength, thick thighs and calves, good bubble, tight waist, broad shoulders and good arm-muscle definition … Has excellent speed for his position, showing the upper body strength and leg drive to create and maintain a rush lane as a lead blocker … Has a good short area burst through the creases and the change-of-direction agility to make the initial tackler miss … Shows the plant-and-drive agility to make precise cuts … Has very good balance and body control throughout his stride, demonstrating fluid flexibility and quickness getting to top acceleration … Has good vision to locate and neutralize the blitz and an excellent feel for the soft spots in the zone, consistently getting there, to make the underneath catch … Comes out of his stance quickly and with good urgency, running at the proper pad level with legs churning to push the pile … Has the quickness to explode through the holes and the cutback agility to make the initial tackler miss … Generates the speed to pull away from linebackers and safeties after the catch and is quick enough in his stride to be a valid deep threat … Has the loose hips to elude and makes sharp cuts to separate in his patterns … Displays good field vision, showing patience setting up his blocks when carrying the ball … Alert to stunts and blitzes, showing good slide to neutralize edge rushers … Has the strong base and balance to bounce off of tacklers and maintain his stride … Bruising runner between the tackles with the loose hips to change direction quickly … Picks up his feet nicely to get through traffic and is nimble enough to redirect and cut back outside when the inside hole is clogged … With his sharp cutting agility and burst, Leonard has had good success separating after the catch … Holds the ball secure to his chest when running inside and in the outside hand when turning the corner … Shows very good hands on toss plays and, even when he gets erect in his stance, he is conscious of protecting the ball … Has the speed to separate after the catch and the power to obliterate the smaller defender that tries to get in his path … Is especially effective on swing and middle screens, flat and wheel routes … Has good hip snap maintaining blocking position to protect the pocket and shows urgency facing up … Good cut blocker who shows alertness picking up the blitz. Negatives: When he gets too erect in his stance, he will lose some base and get pushed back through the rush lane … While Leonard has had success bouncing outside to gain yardage in the past, he was used mostly on runs between the tackles as a senior … Seems to have the speed to get outside, make the cut and turn it up the field, but he tends to lose his body lean and get too high in his stance, leaving his feet exposed for shoestring tackles … Runs with good forward lean between tackles, but must learn to keep the same pad level on cuts to the perimeter … Effective lead blocker, but despite his strength as a runner, he fails to generate much pop on contact with his hands … Flashes good speed cutting on the edge, but must generate a stronger kick-out and hand technique in attempts to sustain. Compares To: Justin Griffith of the Atlanta Falcons (Mississippi State) … Leonard is not the physically imposing blocker Tampa Bay's Mike Alstott is but, like Griffith, he generates excellent quickness out of his stance, precise cutback agility and natural hands to be a legitimate receiving threat … He made strides as a lead blocker, but might be best utilized as a halfback in a one-back offense. INJURY REPORT 2004: Sat out the Syracuse game (Oct. 2) after suffering a leg bruise the previous week vs. Kent State. AGILITY TESTS Campus: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash … 425-pound bench press … 535-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 34½-inch vertical jump … 30¼-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed. HIGH SCHOOL Attended Gouverneur (N.Y.) High School, playing football for head coach Joe Whal … Led the team to a 9-1 record and the Class B Section X championship as a senior … Two-time all-state selection and Watertown Daily Times Athlete of the Year, adding All-Northern Conference Most Valuable Player accolades three times … Closed out his career as the state of New York's all-time record holder by scoring 696 points, totaling 107 touchdowns while rushing for 5,854 yards … As a senior, Leonard rushed for 2,398 yards on 234 carries (10.2-yard average) and 47 touchdowns, adding seven two-point conversions, as he also caught 23 passes for 529 yards … Produced nine consecutive 200-yard rushing games during his final season … As a linebacker, he recorded 64 tackles, including 41 solo stops, one sack and two interceptions … Rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 28-22 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy in the title game and scored eight touchdowns in the Wildcats' victory over Cornwall High … Was also a standout basketball player … Garnered first-team all-league and PrepStar All-American honors … In track, he competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump … Posted impressive wins in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Section VII/X Track & Field Championships … Four-time honor roll student. PERSONAL Labor studies major … Younger brother of former Rutgers linebacker Nate Leonard (1999-2001), whose career was cut short by a knee injury. Nate Leonard served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers during Brian Leonard's first season with the Scarlet Knights in 2002 … Born Feb. 3, 1984 … Resides in Haisborough, N.Y.