The Jacksonville Jaguars may be pegged to pick Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft tomorrow, but former running back Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t think the offensive line is ready for him.
Just talked to MJD and he thinks Jags line isn't ready for Fournette to be the pick at 4. https://t.co/S466GOhPCA— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) April 26, 2017
In short: Jones-Drew is spot on. Fournette isn’t a fit with the Jaguars.
Despite the hype, there are still some questions about Leonard Fournette heading to the draft. He completely skipped all of the agility testing and on film, his lateral agility is something that a lot of people have questions with. There are also questions about his pass protections, something critical for rookie backs to get playing time, and his ability to catch out of the backfield. Both of those things however, pass pro and receiving, are something LSU didn't really utilize so it's more of a need to see it than he's bad at it type of thing. There's also the curious question about how unproductive Fournette was out of the shotgun in LSU's offense.
Picking someone like Fournette with the fourth overall pick would almost require a drastic overhaul of the Jaguars offense, based on how the personnel is currently constructed to make him fit. Else, you're just putting a square peg in a round hole and hoping it works out.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars grab Fournette if he’s available at No. 4 overall? Let us know in the comments!