The Jacksonville Jaguars have the chance to create a two-headed monster at running back in the 2021 NFL Draft. We’ve seen it before in Jacksonville with Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew and we’re seeing it right now with the Cleveland Browns in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
2020 was a pretty clear indicator that James Robinson is the feature running back in Jacksonville going forward. Aside from Robinson, the Jaguars don’t have much at running back. Dare Ogunbowale did show decent potential when he filled in for Robinson as the starter in Weeks 16 and 17.
There’s plenty of talent at running back in this year’s draft class. The Jaguars certainly don’t need to draft one too early and waiting until the mid-to-late rounds will be the sweet spot.
Running back prospects the Jaguars could target:
Trey Sermon, Ohio State
Trey Sermon had decent stats in his three years at the University of Oklahoma but it never felt like he was considered as one of the top backs in the country. After joining Ohio State in 2020, Sermon rushed for 870 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 7.5 yards per attempt.
Sermon is physical, tough, and has good contact balance but he didn’t have a ton of production to say he will be the primary back at the NFL level. Sermon’s role will likely be on a rotational basis which makes him a good fit for the Jaguars.
Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
I’ve touched on Khalil Herbert to the Jaguars before and I’ll do it again. He’s truly an underrated running back prospect in this year’s draft class. He has great vision, great speed, good contact balance, and good control over his body. I could really see Herbert as a number one running back on an NFL depth chart, which is why I want to see him in Jacksonville. Having two beasts in the backfield would really help the Jaguars level up their offense.
Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
Many were surprised when Kylin Hill decided to forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and stay at Mississippi State for his senior year. Hill ultimately decided to opt-out of the 2020 football season due to the uncertain circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hill isn’t super big at 5’11” and 210 pounds but he plays a physical game and shows toughness while running in traffic. He has good short-area quickness, ball security, and agility. Ian Higgins from FanSided’s NFL Mocks correctly stated that Hill is a “creative playmaker”. His true instincts and physicality give him true promise at the next level.