Jaguars Free Agency 2019: Corey Grant is still out there

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The Jacksonville Jaguars may use the NFL Draft to find depth at running back. There is still a chance they may look for one in free agency. Corey Grant is still out there.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely address their need for running back depth in the NFL Draft next month. That doesn’t mean I cannot lobby for the franchise to bring back one of their own this offseason. If anyone out there connected to the Jaguars organization, let me remind you that Corey Grant is still out there and has not signed a free agent deal with another team.

Grant could be the backup running back the team needs on this offense. He entered free agency earlier this month with T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars released Carlos Hyde prior to the start of free agency.

Leonard Fournette and David Williams are the only two running backs on the roster from last season. Jacksonville signed Thomas Rawls to a futures contract in the offseason.

In an offensive game plan designed by new coordinator John DiFilippo, could the running back out of Auburn become a Darren Sproles-type of back used in Philadelphia’s run and passing game?

In four seasons with the Jaguars, Corey Grant may have only rushed for 454 yards and three touchdowns, but his presence in the backfield or on special teams changed the dynamic of the offense with his speed and ability to catch the football. He was one of the reasons the Jaguars were able to hold off the New England Patriots in the first half of the AFC Championship game in 2017.

He was also a huge part of the Jaguars special teams unit, especially in 2017 when he was used in punt fake situations that turned into huge gains for the offense.

If the Jaguars look to fill depth in the Draft next month, they probably will not seek one until the third round, with one of their two picks at No. 69 and No. 98, or later. This is not considered a deep draft at the position, but there are still quality players that can be found in Rounds 3-7.

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Per, Josh Jacobs of Alabama could be the only running back to come off the board in Round 1. Then, it’s more of a preference as to which player fills in as the second-best prospect.

I doubt Damien Williams of Alabama will be on the board for the Jaguars, but Justice Hill of Oklahoma State could be an option. At 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, he could replace Grant in the offensive game plan.

"Per, “Hill ripped off a blazing fast 40, but did not finish the workout. Still, he could be the top speed back in the 2019 NFL Draft.“Hill averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2018 for 930 yards with nine touchdowns. Also, he made 13 receptions for 68 yards. Oklahoma State did not get Hill the ball as much as it should have.”"

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Other players the Jaguars should consider at Mike Sanders of Penn State, Devin Singletary of Florida Atlantic and David Montgomery of Iowa State.