Darius Leonard Named ESPN's Top Rookie
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The Colts rookie topped Jeff Legwold's top 10 rookies list following another impressive Week 3 performance.
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— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 26, 2018
Leonard, "The Maniac", has compiled 41 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble through his first three games as an NFL player.
Our very own Kevin Bowen pointed out a historic stat for the rook's hot start.
From the #Colts:
Darius Leonard has 41 tackles through the first three weeks.
That’s the 4th most in the NFL since 1994. Behind Ray Lewis, London Fletcher and Zach Thomas.
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) September 23, 2018
So, basically if he stays healthy he's a Hall-of-Fame player. Ok, let's not go that far just yet, but it's another impressive notch in his belt so far in his NFL career.
Remember after hearing that pick back in April?
Darius Leonard? Who?
South Carolina State? Isn't that the school from The Waterboy?
Now, he's listed above Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, ALL of the big names we talked all last offseason about.
That's the beauty of the NFL. That's the beauty of Chris Ballard's draft approach. Like Rick Venturi said on our station, Ballard didn't draft to make news or for the headlines; he drafted for his grades, his needs, and what he thought would fit for this team.
If the first three weeks of his career are any indication of how Leonard will pan out, we're all in for a treat for the next 10-15 years.