5. Travis Etienne – Jacksonville Jaguars running back
Taking Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in this year’s draft was a no-brainer. Why would the Jaguars pass up the chance to select the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012 in favor of someone like offensive tackle Penei Sewell or even fellow passer Zach Wilson? In fact, head coach Urban Meyer said before the selection meeting that the team was leaning towards choosing the Clemson product.
On the other hand, it was less certain what the Jags were going to do with their second first-round pick, the 25th overall. They could’ve drafted an offensive tackle, a safety, or even a wide receiver. However, they threw a curveball at everyone and chose Travis Etienne.
The decision to select the former Tiger was confusing. Why would the Jags take a running back with a first-round pick? Why did they draft Etienne despite the fact that James Robinson was coming off a Pro-Bowl caliber season? The answer is simple. Jacksonville didn’t see a running back. Rather, they saw a playmaker with the potential to be a dual threat.
E-T-N lined up at wide receiver in rookie minicamp in is learning the nuances of the position. It doesn’t matter what position he plays if he can move the chains and become a reliable target in the passing game. The Clemson product will continue working on his craft in training camp. If he can continue developing as a receiver, he could become one of the Jaguars’ most electrifying offensive players in 2021.