With the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB | LSU
How can you not be crushing hard on the Jacksonville Jaguars, this team is stacked on paper. The Jags have had back-to-back offseason’s with big free agent signings and have picked within the top 5 in the previous 6 drafts (including this year). This roster is loaded with talent, now it’s just putting it all together on the field and winning some damn football games. Blake Bortles regressed in year 3, no arguments there, but here’s a guy who is still just 24 years old and a season removed from throwing 35 TD passes. Bortles needs to cut down on the number of turnovers but there are ways to help him. What’s a quarterbacks best friend? A stout defense and a run game.
The Jags have really been sketch in the draft the last few years but seemed to have hit on a number of defensive players last year including cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and defensive tackle Sheldon Day. In 2015 they grabbed OLB/DE Dante Fowler and in 2014 found a gem in linebacker Telvin Smith in the 5th round. On top of that, over the past two offseason’s the Jaguars have brought in defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Calais Campbell, cornerback AJ Bouye and safeties Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church. This defense is stacked. With Tom Coughlin calling the shots in the front office now, it’s possible the Jaguars continue to load up on the defensive side of the ball and grab another rotational d-lineman such as Solomon Thomas or Jonathan Allen if they are still on the board. However the second best friend to a quarterback I mentioned above is the run game.
Last offseason the Jaguars signed Chris Ivory to help shoulder the load in the running game with 2015 second round pick TJ Yeldon. Ivory barely played and neither was able to get things going on the ground. Despite bringing in left tackle Branden Albert in a trade with Miami for tight end Julius Thomas, offensive line really is the biggest weakness on this Jacksonville roster but no tackle/guard in this year’s draft is worth drafting this high. Adrian Peterson did more with less a couple seasons ago in Minnesota and the name I like to the Jags here, might be the best running back prospect since AP. I’m talking about LSU’s Leonard Fournette. Think about how great Fournette would look in a Jacksonville jersey. Fournette is a better prospect coming out than both Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott were and they were both top 10 picks, with Zeke going at this exact same spot last year to Dallas. Sure the Jaguars don’t have the offensive line the Cowboys do but Fournette is 6’0”, 240lbs and ran a 4.5 at the combine. This dude is a beast! The Jags solidified their defense in free agency, now go grab a feature back that your young quarterback can hand off to 20-25 times a game and watch him go to work!