The Jacksonville Jaguars had a shot at drafting a franchise quarterback.
Jaguars’ original 2017 pick: Running back Leonard Fournette (fourth overall, first round)
They missed on: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
Leonard Fournette was rather inconsistent during his tenure in Jacksonville. Although he twice ran for more than 1,000 yards, he has only averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in his four-year career. With James Robinson on the roster, the Jaguars deemed the LSU product expendable and they released him last offseason after failing to find a trade partner.
Robinson quickly became Jacksonville’s workhorse running and while Fournette is set to play in the Super Bowl, so you could say things ended up playing out well for both parties. Nevertheless, it’s fair to wonder where the Jaguars would be now if they had drafted another player that will play on Championship Sunday, Patrick Mahomes.
The 2017 running back draft class was arguably the best one in recent years and you could’ve grabbed a good one such as Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon in the second round or Alvin Kamara in the third. However, the ‘Jags’ used a top-five selection in one and pass up the opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs have gone from a perennial playoff team to a Super Bowl team after drafting Mahomes. They haven’t succeeded solely because of the quarterback but he has had a key role.