With the Fourth Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected... Leonard Fournette. (Jaguar fans go nuts) This is a great pick for the Jaguars; as Fournette is a big powerful back that can step in and play immediately. He is in the mold of the traditional three down back and should see the bulk of the goal line carries (if Blake Bortles finds a way to not throw the ball to the other team first).
Fournette immediately leaps to the top of the running back depth chart in Jacksonville; ahead of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon. The aging and underwhelming Chris Ivory may not even be on the Jaguars' Week One roster given the addition of Fournette. As for Yeldon, he has yet to impress since being taken in the second round in 2015 by Jacksonville. In 312 carries, Yeldon has gained only 1,205 yards and one touchdown. Therefore, the starting job is Fournette's to lose.
Jacksonville is making a concerted effort to improve the offense in what looks to be Bortles' last chance as the lead man in Jacksonville. Taking Fournette and Cam Robinson with their first two picks is a clear attempt to shore up their offensive shortcomings. Cam Robinson is the big tackle from Alabama that the Jags hope will open up some holes for their new power back. While Fournette is not Ezekiel Elliot and will not be walking into as favorable situation as Elliot did in 2016; the expectations for Fournette will not be any lower. Fournette will get the ball early and often.