Three reasons why Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will win Offensive Rookie of the Year

Breaking down the reasons why Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette will win Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017.

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September 24, 2016; Auburn, AL; Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the football. Mandatory Credit: John Reed- USA Today Sports
September 24, 2016; Auburn, AL; Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the football. Mandatory Credit: John Reed- USA Today Sports

It’s without question that the Jacksonville Jaguars got themselves a premier running back in Leonard Fournette, that should conquer defenses’. Drafted in the first round, fourth overall, there are high expectations of him that he will have to live up to. With not having a great running game in recent years, Fournette may change that himself.

The Jaguars chose Fournette for many reasons. He’s got the size and speed to do well, and he plays with determination. After his impressive college career at LSU, he should be able to transition to the NFL with no problem. This draft class has a lot of talent, but Fournette has a good chance at winning Offensive Rookie of the Year for different reasons.


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1.) Quarterback Blake Bortles is in a slump

Bortles has failed to live up to the hype as the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has struggled the last three years which could cause to be either benched or possibly released next season. Fournette will have the opportunity to make the plays that Bortles can’t. The Jaguars should run the ball a lot during games if Bortles can’t get the passing game going. Basically, the rookie powerback will be able to carry the offense and put up numbers that will help the team.

2.) His size and speed will cause damage to defenders

At 6’1″ and 230 pounds, Fournette is a big back but he has the speed to go along with it. He ran a 4.51 in this years’ combine which is fast for a bigger running back. He’ll be able to truck defenders and fight for extra yards which will cause the defense to be exhausted. This is a big advantage for Fournette and it could set him up for success in games.

3.) He’s a bigger version of Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott, who led the league in rushing yards with 1,631 yards and also having 15 scores under his belt, absolutely made defenses’ pay the price. Fournette and Elliott are both big and have speed that made them both great in college. With Elliott having a great rookie year in 2016, Fournette could have a similar rookie season. Elliott was a top candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year last year, but his quarterback Dak Prescott won the award. Fournette won’t have the offensive line that Elliott has, but with his play making ability he will be able to make the plays that Elliott makes.

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