Future Watch: Leighton Vander Esch Rookie Football Cards, Cowboys

Future Watch: Leighton Vander Esch Rookie Football Cards, CowboysFuture Watch: Leighton Vander Esch Rookie Football Cards, CowboysLeighton 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.

Collectors can find rookie cards of him in 2018 Score, Panini Obsidian, Rookies & Stars and Contenders Draft Picks to name a few.

Here’s a look at him talking about beating the Saints:

He started off as a backup who didn’t play that much at the start of the season. In a November game against the rival Philadelphia Eagles, he made a name for himself on a national broadcast. In that game, he had an interception that he brought back 28 yards and 13 tackles.

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.

Future Watch: Leighton Vander Esch Rookie Football Cards, Cowboys – Stats

Defense & Fumbles Table
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits Sfty AV
2018 21 DAL LB 55 12 7 2 56 0 28 7 103 78 25 2 1
Career 12 7 2 56 0 28 7 103 78 25 2 1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/6/2018.

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