The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a good couple of years drafting and it’s helped propel them to within minutes of the Super Bowl (as well as given them a bright future ahead for at least the next few seasons).
Last season, general manager Dave Caldwell took some risks (and fell into some luck) with the drafting of Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Yannick Ngakoue in the first three rounds. That’s one All-Pro, one sensational talent, and one Pro Bowler.
This year, Leonard Fournette represents a shift in how this team’s ground game will carry the offense and Cam Robinson is a guy who should be locked into the left tackle position. Dede Westbrook was unfortunately injured the first half of the season, but he could very well supplant Marqise Lee as the team’s No. 3 receiver with the potential he flashed over the second half of the season. Keelan Cole was a big surprise as an undrafted free agent and he will likely be kept on the roster going into next season.
All that said — who was the rookie of the year this season? The Big Cat Country team made their decisions below:
@AlfieBCC: Cam Robinson
@ryaneatscake: Cam Robinson
@zach_goodall: Leonard Fournette
@marhsim: Cam Robinson
@ryanobleness: Leonard Fournette and Keelan Cole (tie)
@J_Siettmann: Leonard Fournette
I’m surprised that Cam Robinson got as many votes as he did, but it’s totally deserving. He gave up just 3.5 sacks this year (by our count) and played through several injuries. He’s mean, physical, and very talented. He’s everything you want in a left tackle and I hope he stays in Jacksonville for a long, long time.
Leonard Fournette probably lost the edge due to some time missed in the middle of the season as well as a sub-4.0 yards per carry average — not to mention his penchant for swinging his entire body around when he tried to make a spin move. He still proved himself to be a heck of a running back who won the No. 1 job in his first preseason game.
Keelan Cole’s half-vote is a deserved nod to his exceeding every expectation of him since he went undrafted. He finished the season with 830 yards and a 27.3 yards per catch average in the postseason — compared to the 677 yards and 13.3 yards per catch that Allen Hurns had his rookie season when he went undrafted. Cole has easily secured his spot as the No. 4 receiver going forward.
What do you think? Who was the rookie of the year this past season? Did Dede Westbrook deserve any recognition? Let us know in the comments below!
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