Jacksonville Jaguars draft: 3 best options in round 3

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Michael Carter #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

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Here’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars should draft Michael Carter.

The Jaguars have a well-rounded running back room. James Robinson should continue to have a big role on offense in 2021 and Carlos Hyde, whom the team signed in free agency, has shown he can step on the field and play well if he’s called into action. However, the team’s brass should consider adding a running back in the draft.

Although running back isn’t a pressing need, the Jags can’t pass up the chance to add talent in the draft. While it may not make much sense to take one with the 25th overall pick or even in the second round, Jacksonville could find value in the third round and North Carolina’s Michael Carter should be available when they are on the clock at 65.

Carter had an extremely efficient 2020 season, racking up 156 carries for 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns and averaging 8.0 yards per carry. While there are concerns about his 199-pound frame, he showed at North Carolina he’s not afraid to lower his shoulder. Also, he’s a good receiver out of the backfield and constantly displayed the ability to make explosive cuts.

You could argue that running back is a luxury the Jaguars can’t afford and that they should address other needs in the third round. However, Carter could have an immediate impact on the offense and could even challenge Hyde for the main backup job.