In the National Football League, there are several styles of running backs. While some look to punish defenders by way of contact, others are elusive and win the down with speed. However, West Virginia RB Leddie Brown is a mixture of both. Not only does Brown look for contact, but he’s also a North -to- South runner that is capable of getting upfield in a hurry. As a result of these traits, Leddie Brown might be one of the most underrated runners in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Below, I’ve embedded a tweet from 247Sports. This clip is from the week three matchup that saw west Virginia take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. As you can see, Brown wasted no time at all putting the Mountaineers on the board.
LEDDIE BROWN HOUSE CALL 🚀
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 18, 2021
I love the above clip for it’s simplicity. It’s a one-cut read, which Brown executes to perfection. Once he’s able to get through the second-level, he hitches top speed and gets to the end zone in a hurry. While he may not be the best running back in the 2022 NFL Draft class, I still feel like Leddie Brown has a lot to offer to an NFL franchise.
Potential Team Fits
The Miami Dolphins are one team that comes to mind. Malcolm Brown is playing on a one-year contract, which opens the door for the 2022 season. Furthermore, Leddie Brown could be the perfect complimentary piece to Myles Gaskin. However, it should also be noted that Gaskin is signed through the 2022 season, so if Brown does play well, he could play a major role moving forward.
Another potential fit would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronald Jones II is in the final year of his four-year contract, so he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. In fact, Leonard Fournette and Giovanni Bernard are also set to hit free agency in the offseason. Further, this means that the only running back on the roster for the 2022 season is Ke’Shawn Vaughn.