The Jacksonville Jaguars’ first take of April’s draft used to be a no brainer as the crew took quarterback Trevor Lawrence to lead their franchise. Nonetheless, they seriously scared followers by deciding on Lawrence’s teammate in working aid Travis Etienne afterward with take No. 25
While Etienne is surely proficient, the motive many scratched their heads upon his substitute is that the crew already has James Robinson, which can perhaps well trigger an grief when it comes to distribution between the 2. For this motive, NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund has projected Etienne to be the fourth-most productive working aid of the 2020 draft class beneath Najee Harris, Javonte Williams, and Trey Sermon.
Ideal season, the Jaguars ranked 15th in anticipated yards per run (4.3), that way their offensive line used to be about moderate on speeding downs. They took the fewest speeding attempts (337) and netted the fewest speeding TDs in the league (nine). It’s restful unclear how/when Etienne and James Robinson will be aged, which isn’t huge for story. Nevertheless Etienne’s familiarity with Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence determined doesn’t hurt his possibilities, especially as a weapon in the passing sport. PFF counts Etienne as forcing 187 uncared for tackles over the last three seasons (most in the FBS). Etienne doesn’t rate better in total median forecasting because it’s crowded in Jacksonville’s backfield, no longer because his explosive skills doesn’t warrant it. — Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com
The correct news for Etienne is that the Jags have openly acknowledged they need to exercise him in a gash role. With that being the case, they brought him in for more explosive plays and seem to have plans for him to be utilized as a receiver as soon as in a whereas. As a working aid, he may perhaps well well be a third-down rusher.
If these plans advance to fruition for the Jags, Robinson’s stats shouldn’t be vastly lowered. On the same time, he have to benefit from Etienne’s addition after having to omit the Jags’ closing two games in 2020 (ankle injury) as he had the league’s best elevate share.