“This draft class talks too much for me”: Colts LB Darius Leonard advises draft prospects to talk lesser.

Arth Chandra
|Published April 11, 2021

Darius Leonard isn’t too pleased by the upcoming draft class. While NFL analysts are frothing at the mouth with the wide variety of talent available, Leonard believes regardless of the talent, the players should be more reserved than they are.

Darius Leonard has been one of the best the moment he stepped into the NFL limelight. After falling to the 2nd round in the 2018 NFL draft, Leonard has since then made 2 Pro Bowls and named an All-Pro. Thus, after making it to the top, Leonard had some advice for the upcoming talents.

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Darius Leonard advised players to grind instead.

After having been in the league for 3 years, Leonard had words of wisdom for the prospects to approach the league and the media.

In a tweet Leonard put out on Wednesday, he warned incoming rookies of the 2021 draft class to be careful of what they say and how frequently they do so. Leonard claimed the media will do everything they can to twist a player’s words if that player doesn’t live up to expectations.

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His tweet may have been a mix of subtle shots and valuable words of advice. Leonard was the 5th Line-backer taken in his draft, so he undoubtedly prefers the “actions speak louder than words” approach when it comes to rookie evaluation.

Darius Leonard was coincidentally a part of the same draft as QB Josh Rosen. Josh Rosen was taken with the 10th pick in the draft. He infamously commented later that he would prove that the 9 teams that went before him had made a mistake. Josh Rosen has proven anything but that. Rosen is now in his 3rd team and is already a backup 3 seasons in his career.

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Some people also replied to Leonard’s tweet and said that he himself falls into the category of players that talk too much. However, he has definitely proven that he has earned the right talk after his monster performances on the field. He also had a message for incoming free agents set to sign with the Colts, making sure they understood what kind of culture they were getting into.

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Darius Leonard is primed to be an anchor for the stellar Indianapolis Colts defence once again. It’ll be interesting to see how these rookies fare after the NFL Draft and into the 2021 season, as this is a group that has high expectations from nearly everybody.

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