The Jacksonville Jaguars decision with the number one pick isn’t much of a mystery. We know they are going to select Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson to be the quarterback of their future.
The number one overall selection is not even their most crucial draft choice at this point. Jacksonville is also set to pick at 25, 33, and 45. What they choose to do with these early selections will impact the franchise for years to come.
We’ve seen plenty of situations thrown around at who the Jaguars will draft with the 25th overall pick. Some draft experts have them going wide receiver, others having them targeting a safety, edge rusher, or defensive tackle.
Maybe head coach Urban Meyer has something else up his sleeve and the Jags go after a running back early on. They can get their Clemson quarterback at number one, and maybe they can get their Clemson running back at 25 in Travis Etienne.
What would Travis Etienne bring to the Jaguars?
Etienne is regarded as top-two running back in this draft class right along with Alabama’s Najee Harris.
Running back isn’t a dire need for the Jaguars but it is a position they were expected to address at some point in the draft. Last year, we saw undrafted rookie James Robinson slip ahead of Leonard Fournette on the depth chart in training camp and become a shining star in the Jags’ disappointing season.
Coach Meyer has said himself this offseason that the Jaguars are looking to build the running back room around Robinson and to add more speed to the position.
Adding Travis Etienne to a running back room that already includes Robinson and Carlos Hyde would become one of the best in the NFL. Etienne is an incredibly sound back who has the speed, agility, and contact balance to be a three-down back if he was asked.