No. 3 draftee the Jaguars regret ignoring in favor of Leonard Fournette: Christian McCaffrey, RB
Let's say the Jaguars still wanted to take a running back at No. 4 despite the fact that there were much better paths they could have taken in the 2017 draft. Why not go with Christian McCaffrey, who won pretty much every award he could get as a member of the Stanford Cardinals?
Make no mistake, Fournette was also a highly touted prospect coming out of college but McCaffrey has had the better pro career, even when you take injuries into account. Lenny logged two 1,000-yard seasons during his three-year stint with Jacksonville but he only averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry once.
Sure, McCaffrey averaged 3.7 yards per rush as a rookie but that number went up to 5.0 in 2019 and was a pretty good 5.8 in 2019, the year he earned a First-Team All-Pro designation. It's also true that injuries limited him to 10 games from 2020-2021 but he's enjoyed a career revival since getting traded to the San Francisco 49ers last year.
In 10 games for the Niners, CMC toted the rock 149 times for 746 yards with six rushing touchdowns. He also added 464 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 52 receptions. Meanwhile, Fournette racked up 668 yards on 189 carries with three touchdowns in 2022.
All things considered, Fournette has had a fine career, one that includes a Super Bowl title, but McCaffrey has been the most productive of the two.