Leo Chenal shines at NFL Combine

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Leo Chenal’s on-field performance over the past two seasons for the Wisconsin football program was undeniable.

Chenal would lead the Badger football team in both losses and sacks in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. In particular, last year he was one of them PFFs top-rated linebacker both against the run and as a pass rusher.

He would go on to record 21 pressures from the linebacker position, along with nine sacks — which was the fourth-most among all linebackers last season. Chenal also totaled 92 tackles, including an impressive 18.5 for a loss. His 58 stops, also known by PFF as plays ending in a “loss” for the offense, were again the fourth-most common among linebackers.

Granted, if there’s one area Chenal could improve it’s coverage, where he allowed 19 receptions on 21 goals for 11.2 yards per catch. But a large part of what Chenal was supposed to be doing in Wisconsin was attacking the line of scrimmage. Overall, he was one of the most dominant linebackers, not just in the Big Ten but in the entire country, and was named a second-team All-American.

Here’s what The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs had to say about the Wisconsin Football linebacker in his scouting report:

“He’s featured in an unusually high role as a pressure player, showing some versatility of alignment to play raiding in inside gaps or later firing second level in the reps as a green dog pressure add-on.” said Crabbs. “Chenal gets high marks for his football character and is a visible catalyst of energy for his teammates. With a cranky frame and some potential in passing downs, Chenal will have the opportunity to swoon an NFL franchise from its potential to become a more dynamic player at all stages.”

But despite Chenal’s performance, there may have been some out there in the drafting community who questioned his athleticism — particularly with his stats in coverage. After the show Chenal put on at the NFL Combine, where he was one of the most impressive linebackers, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Chenal was just over 6ft 2in tall and weighed 250lbs. He would post a 40.5 inch vertical and 10.08 feet in the long jump. Chenal also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds – all of which were among the best at the linebacker position.

In fact, according to Kent Lee Platte Relative athletic score Table (RAS), which quantifies a player’s athletic test scores in a number on a scale of 0 to 10 for easy comparison, Chenal’s score of 9.99 out of 10 was the highest of any linebacker at the Combine and one of the all-time best scores on the linebacker position.

Chenal didn’t bench press, but instead he’s going to do it at his Badger Pro-Day. This is another event where he is expected to do incredibly well. Had Chenal competed in this event at the combine, many thought he could have set the record for most repetitions.

Ahead of the combine, Chenal finished 10th The design of the network large board on the linebacker position. He’s also projected as a third-round pick at the moment NFL Mock Draft Databasethat compiles hundreds of mock designs and large boards.

But all of that could change very quickly. When you combine Chenal’s athletic Test numbers with his tape and production, he’s someone who could be flying up the draft boards in the next six weeks.

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