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Jaguars draft results: T.J. Yeldon headed to Jacksonville

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The Jaguars have added an offensive player with their second round pick, grabbing a running back from Alabama.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up pass rusher Dante Fowler with their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, which was a surprise to many who thought that the team would pick an offensive player. The team waited until round two to pick an offensive player though, grabbing Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with their second round pick.

At 226 pounds, Yeldon is a big back with some athletic ability to make some cuts to create lanes and make himself small to get through the offensive line. While Yeldon isn't going to break a ton of tackles despite his size, he does have the ability to make people miss in the open field. A big issue with Yeldon is he tends to run upright, which can lead to open shots at the legs and some injuries, which he's dealt with during his time at Alabama.

One of the many reasons the Jaguars likely picked Yeldon so high was because he's already an excellent blocker in pass protection, which is what rookies generally struggle with out of the gate. With Yeldon, you get a three-down player immediately who you don't need to worry about in pass protection.