The San Francisco 49ers have been meeting with running backs in advance of the 2017 National Football League draft, and it is only fitting they meet with the guy many view as the best in the class. Matt Maiocco is reporting the 49ers will host running back Leonard Fournette for an official visit this week. And there's a widespread feeling he's driven by stardom. The team's been rumored to be high on Fournette, as it has a number of other prospects expected to go in the top five, including Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.
Fournette is expected to be the first running back off the board, but questions do persist.
As we explore different scenarios for the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, I think the opportunity to get Leonard Fournette could be really enticing for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.
Fournette ranked as the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2014 national recruiting class and managed to live up to lofty expectations at LSU. Fournette finished the season with 843 yards (6.5 ypc) ad eight touchdowns.
All NFL teams are allowed up to 30 official pre-draft visits, separate from private workouts. In 2015, he rushed for 1,953 yards, with 19 touchdowns.