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Colts Sign Second-Round Pick Darius Leonard; All Draft Picks Under Contract

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that linebacker Darius Leonard has signed his rookie contract. Now all 11 of the team's 2018 NFL Draft picks are under contract.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Darius Leonard.

The Colts have now signed all 11 of their draft picks from the 2018 NFL Draft.

Leonard, 6-2, 234 pounds, was selected by Indianapolis in the second round (36th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He started all 43 games he played in at South Carolina State and led the team in tackles three times (2014, 2016-17). Leonard set the all-time school record with 394 tackles (274 solo) while adding 53.0 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, six interceptions, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. He earned First Team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors in three consecutive seasons (2015-17). Leonard was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2016-17).

In 2017, Leonard started all 10 games and tallied 113 tackles (73 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He started all 11 games in 2016 and compiled 124 tackles (78 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. In 2015, Leonard started all 11 games and totaled 70 tackles (50 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He started all 11 games in 2014 and compiled 87 tackles (73 solo) en route to earning the MEAC Freshman of the Year Award. Leonard also added 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In 2013, he redshirted as a true freshman.

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