4/3/21: Leatherwood played well for Alabama in 2020. Team sources say he looked improved but still has some issues to clean up for the NFL. Leatherwood needs some work in the run game because he is a position-and-wall-off guy rather than a people mover. Leatherwood has problems when it's time to get physical. However, he did well in pass protection as a senior and the NFL is a passing-driven league. Hence, he is a bit of a love/hate prospect, with some grading him in the first round and others having him lower on Day 2.
Leatherwood has good feet, athleticism, excellent size, and length. Evaluators think he is good to cover up speed rushers because it is difficult to get around him. Thus, they think given his excellent skill set at a premium position he will be a first-round pick and could possibly be one of the first 20 selections.
Here is what a director of college scouting said about Leatherwood, "Leatherwood is a late [first-rounder] at the minimum ... has finally [started playing like a man] and is playing with some urgency and aggression, which he didn't last year. He's a better athlete and player than Jonah Williams, [who went too high at No. 11 in 2020 to Cincinnati], and Leatherwood can start at either tackle spot as well as guard if you needed him to. [He's not] dominant and needs to clean up some hand-placement stuff, but he's athletic and a competent pass protector that can excel in the zone stretch run game. [He's not] a downhill, power /gap-scheme guy. Not better than [Andrew] Thomas (NYG), [Jedrick] Willis (CLE), [Mekhi] Beckton (NYJ), [Austin] Jackson (MIA) last year, but comparable to [Tristan] Wirfs (TB). It's a good OT class too, and Leatherwood won't be at the top of the class when there is a run on OTs, but [he] will get selected as you see the options running out - in the mid- to late first round. Should be a solid pro."
8/29/20: Leatherwood played well for Alabama in 2019, showing he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Taking on LSU, Leatherwood showed that he still needs some development in his technique, with Tigers edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson giving Leatherwood some problems. Leatherwood was wise return to school to improve before going pro, but he has a lot of upside and the skill set to be special.
Leatherwood has rotated into the game for Alabama over the past couple of seasons and has done well when given the opportunity. He has played on the inside and at tackle, including time against Georgia in the college football playoff at the end of the 2017 season in replacement of an injured Jonah Williams.