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Leddie Brown Living Out His Dream at 2022 NFL Combine

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MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 14: West Virginia Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown (4) on the field prior to the college football game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 14, 2020, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Leddie Brown is almost there.

Brown is in preparation for the 2022 NFL Draft in late April. This week, Brown is participating in the combine activities like open workouts and meeting with scouts and media. Brown will run the 40-yard dash later this week. The former West Virginia running back has been dreaming of this since he was 16 years old.

“It’s almost a dream come true,” Brown said on Wednesday. “I’ve been dreaming of this experience since I was 16 years old, so I’m just taking it all in.”

Brown has been talking to some NFL teams, in particular the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Philadelphia native has been in contact with Eddie Faulkner, the running backs coach for the Steelers.

“[Faulkner] just wanted to get to know me, I told him about my life. He’s a real cool guy. We had a real good conversation,” Brown said.

Brown left West Virginia with the sixth-most rushing yards in school history. Brown began his career with former head coach Dana Holgorsen and stayed after Neal Brown was hired in 2019. WVU running backs coach Chad Scott was brought in by Neal Brown and evolved Leddie Brown into the professional running back that he wants to become.

“Chad Scott has had a tremendous influence on my game the past two years,” Brown said.

As Brown has left WVU, he is still accompanied by his Mountaineer brothers as his journey takes him to Indianapolis for the combine. Brown has been talking with former players Wendell Smallwood and Anthony Becht.

Smallwood has been giving Brown advice. The current NFL running back has played since 2016, most notably playing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown has known Smallwood since he was in sixth grade and has been taking everything that the Mountaineer great will give him. Smallwood told Brown to relax, not be nervous and speak with confidence with the scouts.

As Brown is making his NFL dreams become reality, this is his pitch for what he’ll bring to a team.

“I feel like I bring toughness to any team,” Brown said. “That’s just my mentality. I’m very versatile. I can run, catch and block. I’m just trying to come in and make an impact in any way that I can.”

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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