Fournette, Adams improve key numbers at LSU pro day

April 05, 2017 - 10:11 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Running back Leonard Fournette is lighter. Safety Jamal Adams has a faster time in the 40-yard dash.

LSU's top two NFL prospects already were projected as early first-round selections in this month's NFL draft. Their results at LSU's pro day should make them only more attractive.

Fournette weighed 228 pounds, 12 below his surprisingly high weight of 240 at the NFL combine in March. Adams ran 40 yards 4.33 seconds, improving on his combine time of 4.56.

Fournette says he lost weight to show NFL teams he has the discipline to maintain his body.

"Some of them wanted me to just see if I could get down to that size," Fournette said. "Some people had concerns about me at 240. They said at the next level it's different.

"My mom's been on me about what I've been eating," Fournette added. "I wanted to show everybody that I can lose the weight. It really doesn't matter. I'm going to play good at any weight I want."

Other than his weigh-in, Fournette did a variety of agility drills, running a variety of routes out of the backfield and lining up as a receiver. Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, an NFL veteran not with a team, threw during passing drills. Fournette did not attempt to improve on his Combine 40-yard time of 4.51.

Adams, by contrast, had been disappointed in his combine time.

"I definitely feel like I did have something to prove for myself in the 40," Adams said. "I know at the combine, 4.5 wasn't me. So I definitely put my mind to it and I worked hard at it."

Fournette says he is fully healthy after a season in which he was hampered by a lingering ankle injury. Despite the injury, he finished his 32-game Tigers career fourth all-time at LSU in yards rushing with 3,830. His 42 total touchdowns rank third in LSU history and his average of 6.2 yards per carry ranks first.

Adams was a leader on one of the nation's stingiest defenses last season. He finished his LSU career with 209 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for losses, along with five interceptions and two sacks in 37 games.

In all, 18 players participated in LSU pro day, including receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, linebacker Kendell Beckwith, cornerback Tre'Davious White, offensive lineman Ethan Pocic and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux.

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