Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 best running backs of all-time
By John Buhler
Leonard Fournette has dealt with a hamstring injury for much of the 2018 NFL season. However, there is a reason that the Jaguars took him No. 4 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft after a stellar collegiate career at LSU.
Fournette was the highest drafted running back in his class coming out of college. Though the offense he played in at LSU was especially weak in the passing game, he and former college teammate Derrius Guice absolutely terrorized defensive front-sevens in the SEC for years.
With a sound offensive line in front of him, Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2017. Along with T.J. Yeldon, who we will get to in a bit, Fournette’s powerful running style, which included a league-high 90-yard scamper, helped Jacksonville reach the AFC playoffs for the first time since 2007 and the AFC Championship for the first time since 1999.
This hamstring injury limited Fournette to just two games in the first half of the 2018 NFL season. Though he only managed 71 rushing yards on 20 carries, there is reason to believe that Fournette will at least have a few 1,000-yard seasons before he event thinks about calling it a career.
To date, Fournette only has 1,111 career rushing yards, but is certainly trending up in the scope of his budding NFL career. Though not yet a Pro Bowler, he does have Pro Bowl talent. Keep in mind that he is only 23 years old and probably hasn’t approached his prime as an NFL player.
Frankly, Fournette’s inclusion on this list is justified for a few reasons. He does have a 1,000-yard rushing season under his belt. Fournette is the future of the running back position in Jacksonville. There is a great chance he will end up on the Jaguars’ Mt. Rushmore of tailbacks when it is all said and done. However, we can’t think about putting him any higher than No. 7 at this time.