Leo Chenal
No. 54 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2000-10-26) October 26, 2000 (age 21)
Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Grantsburg HS
(Grantsburg, WI)
College:Wisconsin (2019–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 3 / Pick: 103
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Leo Chenal (born October 26, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin.

Early life and high school

Chenal grew up in Grantsburg, Wisconsin and attended Grantsburg High School, where he played both running back and linebacker.[1] As a senior, Chenal rushed for 2,038 yards and 42 touchdowns with 226 receiving yards and three touchdowns on offense and had 120 tackles and seven tackles for loss on defense.[2] He was named both the small-school Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and the state Gatorade Football Player of the Year.[3] Chenal finished his high school career with 3,706 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns and 1,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions on offense and with 385 tackles, 55 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and three interceptions on defense.[4]

College career

Chenal joined the Wisconsin Badgers as an early enrollee.[5] He played in 11 games during his freshman season and had 20 tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack.[6] As a sophomore, he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference after finishing the season with 46 tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception in seven games during Wisconsin's COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.[7] Chenal was named the Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and first team All-Big Ten as a junior.[8]

On January 3, 2022, Chenal announced that he would forgo his senior year to enter the 2022 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+58 in
(1.90 m)
250 lb
(113 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.50 s 2.57 s 4.24 s 6.98 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
34 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[10][11]

Chenal was selected in the third round (103rd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2022 NFL Draft.

References

  1. ^ "'A lot of schools are kicking themselves now': Wisconsin believed in Leo Chenal and the former Grantsburg star is flourishing". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. October 29, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Temple, Jesse (January 14, 2019). "A Wisconsin-born freak of nature, 2019 signee Leo Chenal was meant to play for the Badgers". The Athletic. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (April 9, 2019). "Badgers' Leo Chenal, a freshman linebacker from Grantsburg, appears to have the right stuff". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Coy, Stacy (December 13, 2018). "Leo Chenal named Gatorade Player of the Year". Burnett County Sentinel. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (August 3, 2019). "Wisconsin freshman linebacker Leo Chenal continues to impress". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "'That man is crazy': ILB Leo Chenal ready to put 'high-level' physical skills on field". Wisconsin State Journal. October 20, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  7. ^ Bailey, Analis (September 4, 2021). "Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal tests positive for COVID-19, out two weeks". USA TODAY. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "'I don't know what else he has got to prove': UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard raves about Leo Chenal's pro potential". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. December 22, 2021. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Leo Chenal entering NFL draft". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  10. ^ "Leo Chenal Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  11. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Leo Chenal, Wisconsin NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 10, 2022.