Ryan Mouton, Adam Leonard, and Josh Leonard await the NFL draft

HA Note: “Mouton is an intriguing prospect. He was the most talented cornerback in his two seasons in Hawai’i, although his playing time was limited because of injuries and circumstances. In 2007, he endured a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. In 2008, he was used at slotback and nickelback, as well as his natural position of cornerback. He also overcame an ankle injury.”

About how different teams judge CBs differently, Mouton’s agent Kenny Zuckerman said:
“When it comes to corners, it’s the teams’ flavor of choice. Some teams like big corners. Some like smaller corners who are fast. It really depends.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton tried to alleviate concerns by taking the Biodex, a test that measures the strength of the hamstring, quadriceps and the area between the two.”

About how Mouton’s right hamstring was 100% and his left was at 93% on the Biodex test, Zuckerman said:
“There’s a slight difference. Nothing to scare a team away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton and safety Sammy Knight have trained together. Knight was named to the 2001 Pro Bowl when he was with the New Orleans Saints.”

Mouton said that playing pro football has:
“always been a dream of mine. Hopefully, everything goes well on draft day.” (HA)

HA Note: “For Mouton, that should be Sunday, when the third through seventh rounds will be conducted. Mouton and several former teammates from Blinn Junior College have rented a place for Saturday night. Sunday morning, they will attend church. Mouton’s father is a pastor. Then they will watch the draft.”

Asked what was his good luck charm, Mouton said:
“My cell phone, which hopefully will be getting calls.” (HA)

Asked if he did enough in postseason workouts to get drafted, Mouton said:
“Hopefully so. I would have liked to do more, but I feel I showed enough.” (HSB)

About the wide disparity in his draft status on different sites, Mouton said:
“I really don’t know what to expect.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “While the workouts carry weight with scouts, UH associate coach Rich Miano, who is also the Warriors’ NFL liaison, said Mouton “put enough stuff on film,” to make teams take notice.”

About how scouts judge players, Mouton said:
“They look at a lot of things. A lot of them will look at what you did in the combine and pro day, but the one thing they can’t take away is what you did on the field.” (HSB)

About how his hamstring will be ready when mini-camps start after the draft, Mouton said:
“The main thing is getting in there and going to work.” (HSB)

About his 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash at UH’s Pro Day, Adam Leonard said:
“I was too tense. I was over-thinking everything instead of relaxing.” (HA)

About how he was more comfortable during LB drills, Adam said:
“By the time we did linebacker drills, I told myself I’ve got nothing to lose. I was disappointed early, but then I went out there and relaxed and had fun.” (HA)

About how he’s received interest from several NFL teams, including his hometown Seahawks and the Eagles, Adam said:
“We’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to this weekend.” (HA)

About how his life has changed since UH’s Pro Day (he benched 225 pounds 41 times and ran the pro-agility drill in 4.35 seconds), Josh Leonard said:
“I’m doing much better.” (HA)

HA Note: “Before Pro Day, he drew little interest. In the past three weeks, he has received inquiries from 20 NFL teams. The Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Dolphins have shown the most interest, sending T-shirts and hats — the photo-op accessories for draft weekend. Leonard, who is 6 feet 2 3/8, said he gained 15 pounds since Pro Day and now weighs 298.”


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