The Jaguars were a popular breakout pick last season, but that did not happen. Blake Bortles took a nose dive and he brought the Jaguars offense with him. With the drafting of Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars have a new offensive identity. Which Jaguars can you trust this season?
Only reason Leonard Fournette doesn't exceed 300 touches is if the injury imp bites. Sexy volume, though O-line must make strides. My RB11.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) July 28, 2017
We’ll start with Leonard Fournette, the most exciting player entering the NFL this season. Fournette looks the part of the next elite NFL running back. The struggles last season for Bortles and improvements on the offensive line are huge for Fournette’s value. Being drafted in round two is a little risky.
He could be a top 10 back based solely on talent but it could depend on the Jacksonville offense. Fournette will be a popular ROY pick and should be. Make sure if you draft Fournette as your RB1, you have a strong RB2 for balance.
5. WR Allen Robinson all over the place — made nice catches on fade, shallow cross and skinny post routes. #Jaguars
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) July 27, 2017
Allen Robinson had an amazing sophomore season but was a bust last year. He was certain to see a regression in his touchdowns but no one projected where he finished. With Bortles struggling to throw the ball to Jaguars, Robinson’s numbers obviously dipped.
The hate on Robinson may have gone too far though. Being drafted in round four, Robinson can provide real value. He’s almost certain to have 75-85 catches, 850-1,000 yards and 7-10 touchdowns. If Robinson is your WR2, he will provide good value and is due for a bounce back season.
Blake Bortles shouldn’t be drafted unless you play in a 2QB league. With his starting gig hanging by a thread, Bortles won’t be throwing the ball 600 times again this year. He’ll be primarily handing the ball off and playing the field position game with an improved defense.
BUST: Allen Hurns
With Bortles throwing the ball less and the addition of Dede Westbrook, Allen Hurns’ role will be limited. Without the garbage time points this season, Hurns isn’t draftable in standard 10 team leagues.
SLEEPER: Jaguars D/ST
After adding Jalen Ramsey, Malik Jackson and Myles Jack last season, the Jaguars signed A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell. A very talented defense now ran by Todd Wash will be a top 10 unit this season. If you don’t want to draft one of the elite defenses early, Jacksonville offers a strong option late in drafts.
Chris Ivory is worth a handcuff pick late in drafts due to Fournette’s injury history.