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.
Great to see my @WVUfootball brother Leddie Brown @___lb4 at the @NFL Combine!! Not only a fellow alum but Philly born….another PCL product @NGsaintsFB about to make lots of folks proud back home. You have a mentor for life kid. Good luck to you🙌🏼 #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/fl74d7F7bX
— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) March 2, 2022
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.”