Future Watch: Leighton Vander Esch Rookie Football Cards, Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch was drafted 19th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. His path to the NFL was an interesting one and that all started since his college career.
The rookie linebacker was a walk-on at Boise State University. As a freshman, he was the backup, but he did appear in all 12 games registering 20 tackles with 14 of them being solo, he had a sack and a fumble recovery.
As a sophomore he had a neck injury, so he only played in six games. He still had 27 tackles with 23 of them being the solo variety and a sack and interception.
In 2017, his junior season, he was the starter. He made 141 tackles and he had four sacks, two interceptions and he led the team with four forced fumbles. He was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and he decided to not return for his senior season and he announced he would be entering the NFL Draft.
At 6-4, 256 pounds he was closely scrutinized at the NFL Combine. He ran a fast 4.65-40, did 20 reps on the bench press and basically aced every category. He caught the eye of a lot of teams and the Cowboys made sure he didn’t get past them.
Here’s a look at him talking about beating the Saints:
The next week against Atlanta he had another pick for 28 yards. They won those two games and four in a row from that point on. When he started at weakside linebacker through November the Cowboys were 6-1. He could be a star.
Follow him on Twitter @VanderEsch38.
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