4 players Jaguars could have drafted instead of Laviska Shenault

Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24). Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Jaguars’ draft alternative with 42nd overall pick in 2020 – Antonio Gibson

Running back didn’t look like a position of need for the Jaguars last year. After all, Leonard Fournette was still on the roster and was coming off his second 1,000-yard season. They did sign James Robinson as an undrafted free agent but they wouldn’t have imagined he would go on to become the most productive undrafted rookie in NFL history.

The Jags ended up releasing Fournette before the start of the 2020 season. The former LSU Tiger went on to win a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville has a stud in Robinson, so you could make a case this was a win-win situation. On the other hand, the Jaguars had the chance to have one of the best running back duos if they had drafted Antonio Gibson, who went to the Washington Football Team at number 66.

Gibson was a scoring machine in his rookie campaign, logging 11 touchdowns on 170 carries. Even though he’s averaging just 3.9 yards this season, he’s already found the endzone five times. The one potential concern with the Memphis product is his ability or lack thereof to hold onto the football. He’s had five fumbles this year after logging just one in 2020. This may or may not become an issue down the road, but if he can fix it, he will be the Football’s Team number one running back for the foreseeable future.

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