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2008 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Running Back Chauncey Washington


With the Jaguars final pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected USC Running Back Chauncey Washington. Jack Del Rio must feel bad for all the UCLA players he's selected early in previous drafts, so he'll make up for it by taking some depth players late.

Chauncey was part of a fleet of running backs used by USC in the post-Bush era. In 31 games he started 15 of them, with over 1700 yards, 19 touchdowns, and a 4.8 yards per carry average. He's a classic "north-south" runner that can get first downs and critical yardage.

Jacksonville needs to start thinking about what happens at Running Back after Fred Taylor. Because of the Derrick Harvey trade, they did not have the third round picks to go after someone like Kevin Smith. Chauncey, as far as I know, is not the future starting running back, rather he'll be a role guy to build and develop. While I'm not going to completely hate on the guy, he's described as someone who "hates blocking" and "lacks route-running ability". That sounds like a one-trick pony to me, seventh round picks that don't do the little things, like blocking, won't make the team.

I would of much rather had the Jaguars draft Josh Barrett from Arizona State, who went to Denver a few picks later.

Still, depth is important, especially with running backs. He'll get a chance to tutor under two of the best in the NFL, including cross town rival UCLA.

I realize that I've not posted about the "other Williams", it's coming!