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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Jim Leonhard

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 191 | College: Wisconsin
 
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Overview

Positives … Short, but has a good body structure with solid chest and arm muscle tone, some thickness in his thighs and calves and a frame that can carry some additional bulk …

Durable athlete who never missed a game due to injuries, playing at the end of 2002 with a fractured right thumb and throughout the second half of 2004 with a stress fracture in his left foot … Plays with decent quickness and good agility … Smart and active tackler who anticipates, reads and reacts well to the play … Shows a quick turn coming out of his backpedal … Very effective zone defender who makes a sharp break on the ball and does a good job of reading the receiver's moves … Has the hand/eye coordination to track the ball in flight and above average leaping ability … Gets a good jump on the ball and makes proper body adjustments working in space … Natural hands catcher who shows patience waiting for blocks to develop as a returner … Stays low in his pads and drives hard with his legs when making the tackle … Shows a good feel to string plays out and gives solid effort in run support … Plays faster than his timed speed … One intangible you can not measure is his heart, but it is a big one … Everyone on the staff and squad loves this kid and he has been a good mentor for the younger players.

Negatives … Can add some more weight to his frame, but it is approaching maximum growth potential … Lacks the top-end speed to be effective in man coverage, as he is mismatches vs. the speedy receivers on deep routes … Has limited range and catch-up speed … Aggressive hitter, but a lack of size will see bigger backs break his arm tackles.

2004 Season

ESPN All-American first-team choice … Team captain … Consensus first-team All-Big Ten Conference pick … CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten pick … Named UW's Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season … Started all year at free safety … Second on the team with 98 tackles (63 solos), an 8-yard sack and four stops for losses of 14 yards … Recovered a fumble and deflected five passes … Had seven interceptions for 98 yards in returns and gained a school season-record 470 yards with two touchdowns on 34 punt returns.

2003 GAME Analysis

West Virginia … Posted ten tackles (9 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss and returned three punts for 32 yards.

Akron … Intercepted a Charlie Frye pass, deflected another and delivered nine tackles.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Had eight hits (4 solos) and a deflected pass.

North Carolina … Returned an interception 54 yards, batted away a pass and collected four tackles.

Illinois … His 19-yard interception return set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Smith and had six tackles (4 solos).

Penn State … Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and was in on four tackles.

Ohio State … Fumbled the ball on a punt return, but made up for the miscue with four solo tackles and an interception.

Purdue … Returned three punts for 99 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown and came up with five solo tackles and a pass deflection.

Northwestern … Sacked QB Brett Basanez for an 8-yard loss, picked off a pass and had a career-high 19 tackles (8 solos) … Also returned five punts for 39 yards.

Auburn (Music City Bowl) … Intercepted a Jason Campbell pass and delivered five tackles.

2003 Season

CNN/SI All-American first-team selection, earning second-team honors from Walter Camp and third-team accolades from the Associated Press … First-team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the media and second-team selection by the league's coaches … Started every game at strong safety … Was the first sophomore since 1947 to earn team MVP honors … Ranked second on the team with a career-high 99 tackles (70 solos) and a stop for a 2-yard loss … Caused and recovered a fumble … Led the nation as he set a school season-record and tied the Big Ten record with eleven interceptions for 115 yards in returns … His eleven pass thefts broke the old school mark of nine by Neovia Greyer in 1970 … Deflected fourteen passes, a school season-record … His 25 passes defensed also set a school record and led the nation … Returned 36 punts for 434 yards (12.1 avg) and a touchdown … His 434 yards rank second on the Badgers' season-record list … Added Verizon Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2002 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Intercepted two passes vs. Fresno State, Illinois and Minnesota … Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for performance vs. Fresno State (two INTs, six tackles, five pass break-ups), as his five PBUs vs. the Bulldogs tied for second-most ever in a game by a Badger … Made 10 tackles in each of the Penn State and Iowa games … Forced a fumble vs. Illinois and recovered a fumble at Michigan … Also returned a punt 39 yards for touch-down at Michigan.

2002 Season

True freshman walk-on who saw action in all 12 games on special teams … Made 12 tackles (5 solos) … Earned the team's special teams player of the week accolade for his performance vs. Michigan State … Had a season-high three tackles in the season finale at Minnesota … Had at least one stop in eight games.

Injury Report

2002: Suffered a fractured right thumb vs. Minnesota (11/23), but did not miss any games.

2004: Played the second half of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. The injury was discovered in an MRI after the Outback Bowl and his foot was placed in a boot for three months, preventing him from working out at the Combines.

Track

Kinesiology major … Son of Don Leonhard … Born 10/27/82 … Resides in Tony, Wisconsin.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash … 325-pound bench press … 430-pound squat … 265-pound power clean … 36.5-inch vertical jump … Left-handed … Wears contacts … 27/39 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 29 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times.

Personal

Attended Flambeau (Tony, Wisc.) High School, playing football for coach Darrell Gago … Two-time first-team All-State selection who captained the team as a junior and senior … Team MVP as a senior … Registered eight interceptions and made 120 tackles as a senior … Was also a WIAA scholar-athlete.

 
 

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