5 prospects the Jacksonville Jaguars must avoid in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft
3. prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars should avoid in the draft: Bijan Robinson
The Jacksonville Jaguars felt comfortable trading James Robinson last year due to the emergence of Travis Etienne, who showed that could be a three-down back after missing his rookie campaign with a Lisfranc injury. Speaking of Etienne, the Jags took everyone by surprise when they took him 21st overall in the 2021 draft, precisely because Robinson was coming off a season in which he tallied 1,414 yards from scrimmage.
Heading into this year's draft, the Jaguars seem to be set at running back but what if Texas' Bijan Robinson is available at No. 24? Not many analysts thought they would choose Etienne in 2021 but he ended up being the pick. The Jags could once again throw a curveball and take Robinson if he's the highest-graded player on the board. But as tempting as it might be to go with a prospect as talented as the 2022 First-Team All-American, they should look the other way.
This isn't a knock on Robinson, who constantly showed at Texas that he can be three-down back. He runs with power and can run pretty much every route. You could make the case that his biggest weakness is that he might be hesitant at times to hit the hole and doesn't always run low but those are issues he could current with the appropriate coaching.
Having said that, Robinson might be an unnecessary luxury for a Jaguars team that has bigger needs on the defensive side of the ball.