Most of the talk surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft has focused on the defensive line. Dante Fowler Jr. out of Florida is the prohibitive favorite among mock drafts around the web, while many analysts maintain that the Jaguars will snag USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams if he makes it past the second pick.
While the third overall pick is generally considered too high to take a running back in the current climate of the NFL, that hasn’t stopped folks from discussing scenarios in which the Jaguars can leave the draft with one of the top rushers – Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and, for some, Boise State’s Jay Ajayi. Whether it’s a trade back scenario, trading back up into the first round, or seeing who falls into the second round, a lot of people think the Jaguars should address running back early in the draft.
Since the draft rarely works out the way people hope or expect, let’s take a look at another running back prospect who should be available later in the draft – USC’s Javorius “Buck” Allen.
After a slow start to his career at Southern Cal, Buck Allen quietly was one of the most productive backs in college football last year.
"A native of Tallahassee, Allen had 35 carries for 169 yards and no touchdowns in his first 11 games, but 382 carries for 2,137 yards and 23 touchdowns in his last 19 games. If the Jaguars wait until Day 3 to find a running back, Allen could be an option."
Allen’s emergence onto the scene is really a credit to the Jaguars bringing him in for a pre-draft visit. It’s pretty clear the Jaguars are going to address running back at some point in the draft, the question now is when will they pull the trigger on a guy.
Allen was a true “do-it-all” back at USC, excelling as a runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield. He played in a pro-style offense under Steve Sarkisian, and he should be able to come in and play immediately. His projected range in the draft appears to be somewhere in the late 3rd round or later.
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