04-25-2004, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
5th round pick. Saints select DT - Rodney leisle
Position: Defensive tackle
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Analysis | Agility | High School | Personal
Mainstay on the Bruins defensive line who is regarded as one of the strongest players in the country ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ A blue-collar work ethic in a blue chip athlete, Rodney plays with great pad leverage, has outstanding strength and is excellent with his hands ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ He is a tremendously hard worker who sets an example with his efforts on the practice field and in the games ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ His ability to neutralize double teams allowed the other UCLA defensive linemen to get to the quarterback over the years ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ He started 40 of 43 games for the Bruins, recording 131 tackles (80 solos) with six sacks for minus-35 yards, 17 stops for losses of 61 yards, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, four interceptions for 58 yards in returns and a touchdown and three pass deflections.
Positives: Has a stout frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders, good bubble, well-defined arms and thick thighs and calves ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has an adequate quick move coming out of his stance (plays quicker than fast) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Shows good vision and awareness, as he quickly reads and reacts to blocks and movement to consistently be around the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Very tough vs. the run, flashing aggressiveness and strength at the point of attack ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Plays with good leverage, using his club moves with force to hold his ground ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Shows proper hand usage to ward off and separate from blocks, relying on his strength and toughness to defeat his man in one-on-one situations ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Will move down the line and through traffic with good determination ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Flashes explosion behind his tackles, but is more effective when he wraps and brings down the ball carrier inside the box (not as effective working in space) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has the power to push the pocket ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Body structure and attitude are perfectly suited for a two-gap alignment.
Negatives: Has marginal speed and works better in the box than in long pursuit or in space ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Can be a dominating defender, but needs to show better dedication to his offseason conditioning (not a good detail guy in the weight room and needs better focus) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Relies more on strength and toughness rather than quickness and technique in his tackling ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lacks the speed to close on the quarterback (limited burst to finish) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Can push the pocket, but struggles to get upfield and separate when working in space.
5.11 in the 40-yard dash ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Bench presses 225 pounds 31 times ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ 31 3/8-inch arm length ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ 11 1/8-inch hands ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Right-handed.
Attended Ridgeview (Bakersfield, Calif.) High, playing football for coach Bill Richardson and Steve Tucker ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lettered three years as a defensive and offensive lineman ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Rated the No. 53 player in the nation by RivalNet and by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ SuperPrep All-American, ranked the nation's No. 26 defensive lineman and the No. 29 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region, PrepStar All-American (rated the No. 4 defensive lineman in the Western Region, Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar, ranked seventh (tied) among offensive guards by the National Recruiting Advisor, member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention (five votes) and first-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Recorded 85 tackles (32 solos), including seven quarterback sacks ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Two-time all-league and all-area choice ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lettered four years in track (shot put and discus) for coach Brad Harris ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Had best in shot of 58-foot-11ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â½ and in discus of 170-foot-8 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Finished fifth in the state in the shot in 1997 and fourth in the state in the shot in 1998 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lettered two years in wrestling for coach Lee Ramos ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Placed seventh in the state in 1997 as a heavyweight ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Finished first in his league in both 1996 and 1997 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lettered his senior season in basketball for coach Otis Jennings ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Team finished second in the league and third in the Valley.
Sociology major ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2001 (3.33 GPA) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Son of Kathy and Dan Leisle ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Born Rodney Allen Leisle on Feb. 5, 1981, in Fresno, Calif. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Resides in Bakersfield, Calif.