The Jacksonville Jaguars knocked the first-round selection of LSU running back Leonard Fournette out of the park in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Getting an offensive piece like Leonard Fournette in the 2017 NFL Draft is exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to do in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Jags have not had an iconic runner since Maurice Jones-Drew’s 2011 season in which he led the NFL in rushing.
The Jaguars may need a better offensive line, but they also didn’t have one with MJD back in 2011. The offense was 100 percent Jones-Drew and the Jags still pounded it down the opposition’s throat.
Not surprisingly, a player like Fournette lets the Jaguars do it again. They can feed Fournette for 20 to 30 carries per game and alleviate pressure on quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jags needed a player who could bring balance to the offense and Fournette is the best player to do that.
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Fournette is a physical player who can set the tone. He will dominate the opposition as he takes carries behind a fullback and hammers defenses. He can break tackles, stiff arm defenders, and flat out run people over with a physicality and surprising burst that will keep defenses on their heels.
Winning the AFC South is a lot easier with a top running back on the team. Without so much pressure on the passing game, the Jags will no longer be one-dimensional.
With the versatility that Fournette brings to the Jaguars, it’s clear that this is an A+ pick. The Jags needed a dominant offensive player and no offensive player was as dominant on offense as Fournette in the 2017 NFL Draft.