Fullback Marquez Williams may end up being an underrated player and unsung hero if the Jacksonville Jaguars offense develops in 2017.
With the selection of Leonard Fournette in round one and Cam Robinson in round two of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars added a running back and offensive tackle that should pair nicely to improve the offense. Expect both players to get plenty of well-deserved attention throughout the season.
But it may be the other complementary piece, selected in the seventh round, that may be the overlooked hero of 2017. Marquez Williams, a bowling ball of a lead blocker, could become the fullback the Jaguars have needed over the past few seasons.
Without a fullback on the roster for the last couple seasons, the Jaguars have struggled running the ball. Plenty of teams don’t need a fullback, but the Jags’ decision to part ways with the position certainly didn’t help as T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory struggled behind a porous offensive line.
With Tom Coughlin back in the fold as executive vice president of football operations, the Jaguars are turning again to the fullback and no player may be better suited to the role than the 260-pound Williams.
There is no guarantee that Williams turns Fournette into a 1000-yard running back as a rookie. He certainly can’t do it alone. But as the 2017 season draws closer and eventually gets underway, keep your eyes on the fullback position and see how it impacts the running game.
Williams will be exciting to watch as a blocker. Seeing him take on defenders has been one of the best highlights of the NFL Draft process. If he can bring even half of what he did at the collegiate level with him to the NFL, Williams could end up being a major hero for the Jags’ revamped running game.