Leonard Fournette is not having a great NFL Combine

Leonard Fournette is one of the top running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft class and he’s battling with Florida State’s Dalvin Cook to be the first off the board. But he didn’t help his case at all with a disastrous trip to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

The LSU running back drew attention at the end of the 2016 season when he announced that he wouldn’t play in the Citrus Bowl so he could be better prepared for the draft process. But when he arrived for the NFL Combine, Fournette weighed in heavier than expected, tipping the scales at 240 pounds.

“I drank a lot of water before I weighed in,” Fournette told reporters Thursday. “So it was water weight. It went away completely. …Most definitely a lot of people think I’m just strong. Some people say I lack speed, lack burst. I mean, tomorrow will show it out.”

He didn’t show it at all, though. His Friday began instead with a 28.5-inch vertical jump that raised plenty of eyebrows.

Only two running backs in the last four NFL Combines have posted a worse mark in the drill — 2015 seventh-round pick Kenneth Hilliard and 2017 draft prospect Matt Dayes. Fournette has drawn comparisons to other big, powerful running backs like Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry, but his numbers pale in comparison.

Peterson jumped 38.5 inches a decade ago and Henry jumped 37 inches last year. Fournette’s jump was closer to the numbers that an offensive lineman would post.

Fournette was reportedly paying particular attention to the jump drills in training, but after his poor mark in the vertical jump, he withdrew from the broad jump. Whether it was related remains to be seen, but he told NFL Network that he wasn’t surprised by the poor vertical jump, saying “I’m not a jumper.”8

Steelers won free agency before it even began

The Steelers’ top two priorities heading into the offseason: lock up Antonio Brown to a long-term extension and don’t let Le’Veon Bell hit the free agent market.

Mission already accomplished.

On Monday, the Steelers slapped the franchise tag on superstar running back Bell, ensuring he’ll stick around for at least the next season. Pittsburgh later made Brown the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL by signing him to a four-year extension.

Holding onto this year’s top free agent and extending one of the NFL’s best receivers to a long-term deal? Just another day in Pittsburgh.

The league should get rid of the call altogether. It rids referees of the burden that comes with having to make the call and gives players one fewer call to worry about.

Is hanging on the rim really so heinous of a crime that a team should be penalized for it? Half the time, rim-hangs are saving someone from injury. Other times, it’s an instinctive act that comes naturally with attacking the rim.

The NFL has been widely criticized for limiting its players’ creativity during touchdown celebrations. So much so, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins trolled the NFL by walking off the field like a robot after a touchdown.

The NBA has long been at the forefront of innovation, but blowing the whistle on rim-hanging is a prehistoric way of thinking. It’s time for the league, as it has always done, to grow with the times.

Or else, it could risk becoming a league of all robots. And what fun would that be?6