B1G linebacker of the year, Leo Chenal is turning pro after three years at Wisconsin. Chenal announced he’s declaring for the NFL Draft on Monday via his Instagram account. Born and raised in Grantsburg, WI, Chenal knew he always wanted to rep the motion W on the side of his helmet.
Leo hand a stellar season statistically. He totaled 115 tackles, 18.5 TFL, with 8 sacks for the 9-4 Badgers. During his career at Wisconsin he posted:
- 178 tackles
- 25.5 tackles for loss
- 11 sacks
- 1 interception
- 3 forced fumbles
Chenal accumulated these stats over 25 games at Wisconsin. His junior season found him as a Dick Butkus Award Finalist. Though he did not win the award, being recognized as one of the top linebackers in collegiate football is a true honor to him as a player and the Wisconsin Football program.
There are numerous mock drafts that pop up from college football analysts. Profootballnetwork.com presented a mock draft in early December that had Chenal going in the 6th round 220th overall to the Los Angeles Chargers. Meanwhile, Walterfootball.com released a mock draft earlier this week that has Chenal being selected by the New York Giants in the 3rd round, 79th overall. If Chenal was indeed drafted by the Giants, he would have an opportunity to play along side former Packer, Blake Martinez.
Early assessments on Chenal’s NFL readiness is that he would likely be a two down linebacker. Leo would likely be a run stopper at the next level with his physicality.