1. The Jacksonville Jaguars draft Tank Bigsby in Round 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft
Running back wasn't among the Jaguars' top needs this offseason. Travis Etienne, in his first NFL season, totaled 1,1414 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty, the No. 2 on the depth chart last year, also delivered when called upon. Nevertheless, the team's brass chose to use a third-round selection on Tank Bigsby.
The move made sense in theory. Bigsby was a downhill runner at Auburn and could join Etienne to form a dynamic backfield tandem. Unfortunately, things haven't played out that way that way in practice. Whenever he's on the field, turnovers ensue.
That may feel like an oversimplification of Bigby's performance this year but it isn't far off. In the opener alone, he was responsible for a couple of turnovers. First, he couldn't hang onto a pass that was picked off by Colts cornerback Tony Brown. Later, he picked up a live ball that defensive tackle DeForest Buckner snatched off his hands for a defensive touchdown.
Once again against the Colts, this time in Week 6, Bigsby lost a fumble. More recently, Trevor Lawrence targeted the rookie running back but the ball bounced off his hands and got intercepted by safety Talanoa Hufanga. In his defense, Lawrence should've taken the sack instead of forcing the throw but that's a separate issue.
Given that Bigsby is a mid-round pick, the Jaguars won't make him walk the plank anytime soon. However, they can't justify giving him playing time. Instead, he should remain on the sidelines, and his carries should go to free-agent pickup D'Ernest Johnson, who's been the more productive of the two this season.