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Leonard Fournette to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft

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It is that time of the season where NFL teams turn to look at the next year's draft after dropping out of play-off contention.

Four teams have already been ruled out of the post- season with a month left in the regular season so it is understandable that they may be looking towards the draft already.

First big name

The draft may not be until April next year and the college football season may only be approaching bowl season, but one top prospect has already clarified his future.


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LSU runningback Leonard Fournette declared on Monday that he will declare for the draft next year.

LSU will take on Louisville in the 2016 Citrus Bowl and Fournette is doing everything he can to be healthy for that game.

Fournette revealed his decision via Twitter and even cited the upcoming game with the Cardinals as one reason for announcing it.

The New Orleans native is currently the fourth highest rusher in LSU history and was arguably one of the front runners for the Heisman trophy at the start of this season.

An ankle injury derailed his Heisman chances but Fournette isn't focusing on that as he will now surely be keeping an eye on the draft order.

Dire draft need

The Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars are the first four teams who have been eliminated from play-off contention.

It is almost impossible for any of these four teams to not have a top 10 draft pick in 2017, but could any be a home for Fournette?

With stars like Chris Ivory, Matt Forte, Carlos Hyde and T.J Yeldon leading the line with these teams, do any of them really need a runningback?

Cleveland are primed to have the number one pick but would they value Fournette over current runningback Isaiah Crowell, or over other areas of their struggling team that desperately need help.

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