2017 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars get a D for selecting Leonard Fournette No. 4
Fournette can be a dominant running back in the NFL as a power runner
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With the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jaguars select running back Leonard Fournette from LSU.
- Draft Tracker: Round 1
Pete Prisco's Grade: D
"Why? I like the player, hate the position. You don't take running backs this high."
The Jaguars already have T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, but Fournette could really take the pressure off Blake Bortles and could step in and produce big numbers early. People will suggest that Fournette was drafted high because of the success the Dallas Cowboys had with Ezekiel Elliott, but make no mistake: Fournette has been an NFL-worthy prospect since he was a teenager, and his 2015 season was absolutely sublime, with Fournette gashing defenses for 1,953 yards on 6.5 yards per carry. He "only" rushed for 843 yards in 2016 but still averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He is a monster in a power rushing attack.
Finally, we're talking a Fantasy relevant player. The Jaguars needed an upgrade at running back, and Leonard Fournette can be a workhorse for the Jaguars. He supplants Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, and he definitely helps Blake Bortles. Plan on drafting Fournette in Round 4 in standard seasonal leagues and Round 6 in PPR, and he's the No. 1 overall pick in dynasty leagues this year.
Larry Johnson: The former Chiefs running back, who Fournette gets the comp to from NFL Draft Scout, was absolutely dominant for a short period of time, just like the guy NFL.com compares Fournette to ... Bo Jackson(!). That is some kind of comp.
Let's call it the Blair Walsh revenge game
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