A running game that is the NFL’s worst since 2012. A second-round pick from two years ago who has been unable to finish a season due to injuries. A free-agent addition from last March who missed five games in his debut season. And a new football boss who modus operandi is to overwhelm opponents with physicality. How do the Jaguars not use the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft on LSU running back/wrecking ball Leonard Fournette? How do they not ignore the fact that third-year man T.J. Yeldon is more of a third-down back? How do they not view veteran Chris Ivory as more of a role player? And how does Tom Coughlin not start his second tour with the organization by drafting a potential franchise-turning tailback? Sure, the Jaguars don’t want to be on the hook for another Blair Thomas or Trent Richardson or Ki-Jana Carter. But if they draft Fournette, they could be adding another Edgerrin James or Ezekiel Elliott. For years, the Jaguars have professed to be “bold” in their roster building. Fournette would be bold because only 14 tailbacks have been selected in the top four over the last 30 years. But it might also be smart, allowing Coughlin and Co. to build a team around a re-tooled defense and a big-play running game.
Drafting Fournette at four risky for Jaguars … and potentially very rewarding
Jacksonville Times-Union | Apr 23