Darius Leonard is one of the best young defensive players in football. He's certainly one of the most decorated, having already been named a first-team All-Pro, a second-team All-Pro, a Pro Bowler and a Defensive Rookie of the Year through just two NFL seasons.
But the accolades don't tell the full story. In fact, Leonard's statistics through two seasons stand out even when compared to NFL Hall-of-Famers Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis.
Let's start with the game-changing plays. Leonard has racked up 6 forced fumbles and 7 interceptions through his first two seasons. During that same span, Lewis had 2 picks and 1 forced fumble, while Urlacher tallied 2 forced fumbles and 5 INTs.
Leonard's 12.0 sacks can't quite top the 14.0 Urlacher put together, but it dwarfs the 6.5 sacks Lewis had through two seasons. In terms of solo tackles, Leonard (182) trails both Urlacher (189) and Lewis (251), but it's worth noting that Lewis had played 30 games, Urlacher had played 32 and Leonard has only played in 28 games through two years.
On a per-game basis, Leonard's 6.5 solo tackles actually beat out the 5.9 Urlacher averaged.
Already one of the best all-around linebackers in the game, it's not a stretch to think Leonard is already on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory – especially when comparing his numbers to legends like Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis.
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