Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette left a mark in his initial season in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have struck gold in the NFL Draft of late, and another first round selection has adjusted seamlessly to life in the NFL. In just one season in the league, Leonard Fournette splashed onto the scene for the Jaguars, and has made his debut on the NFL Network Top 100 players for 2018 at number 58:
Fournette, despite missing three games, Fournette surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground, and rushed for thirteen touchdowns, including four when it mattered most in the team’s deep postseason run.
Selected fourth overall in the 2017 draft, Fournette is the quintessential ball carrier for the style of offense Jacksonville plays. A bruising, downhill back fits perfectly with the physical philosophy of head coach Doug Marrone and executive vice president Tom Coughlin.
On a team led by a star-studded defensive unit, Fournette has done his best to counter-balance some of the explosiveness to an offense that has frankly been absent of fire power. The unit needed a go-to guy to rely on, and Fournette quickly stepped in and filled that role in his rookie season.
There’s a annual debate by some in whether drafting a running back in the top five is a reach in today’s league. But after one year in the NFL, it is hard to argue against the impact that Leonard Fournette has already made for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the back has only just begun to scratch the surface of his potential.