Entering the 17th-week winner take-all show in Nashville, Leonard led 155 tackles at the top of the NFL by a wide margin. the nearest player is 23 tackles behind him. Leonard was also the only player with over 100 solo tackles up to that point (107), the closest to 99.
Herrod had a great season, adding 2.5 sacks to his 160 tackles Interceptions and three recoveries, but Leonard's 2018 campaign will put Colts linebacker in team history at the top of each season.
Leonard has recently compiled one of the most impressive CVs for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year; so much so that he is also a dark candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
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He is the first off-ball linebacker in sacks (second among the rookies) and forced fumbles (first among the rookies) and is the first among the rookies to recover in Fumbles. Leonard is equal to seven (seven) in the NFL in games with more than ten tackles and has led the Colts in nine games.
Historically, Leonard and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Broderick Thomas are the only NFL players to record at least 150 tackles and 7.0 sacks in a single season.
Despite some consideration for the selection of Leonard from the state of South Carolina in the second round of this year's NFL Draft a range, the recognition for him very early in the season was endless.
Leonard was named the Defensive Rookie of the Month for the NFL for September and the NFL Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 2. He was also named NFL Rookie of the Week twice and received the honor in Weeks 2 and 8.
The local and national outcry when Leonard was initially not named Pro Bowl when last week's roster was announced was loud and far. to reach. Despite the pro-bowl snub (he was named as a substitute) Leonard is at the head of the Defensive Rookie of the Year race and could be named one of the All-Pro teams at the end of the season.