Last year, Dallas picked Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 pick overall and he went on to win the NFL rushing title during his rookie season.
Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 overall pick during this year’s NFL draft said following his first preseason game with the Jacksonville Jaguars that he could replicate what Elliott did and lead the NFL in rushing during his rookie season.
The Jaguars had just beaten the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 31-24.
Fournette may not be aware that the 1,631 rushing yards Elliott accumulated during his rookie season were the third most by a rookie in NFL history.
Myles Jack the second year Jaguars linebacker said he believes Fournette. Jack said Fournette has that type of talent and believes he is capable of matching or exceeding what Elliott did a year ago.
Another big difference between Fournette and Elliott is the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys was the NFL’s best last season and how the offensive line of Jacksonville plays out will have a great deal to do with the success or lack of, for Fournette.
Jacksonville rookie tackle Cam Robinson said that if the offensive line does its job and there is a player in the backfield that has the talent of Fournette that is able to turn a normal play into a huge one, then it might happen.
Fournette entered the game in the second series for the Jaguars and on four straight plays rushed the ball for 4 yards, 5 yards, no gain and 8 yards on a fourth and one.
Doug Marrone the new head coach for the Jaguars was excited as it was the first time he had seen Fournette play while being on the sidelines during a live game.
Marrone said Fournette is powerful and what he wanted to observe is the way he protects the ball and Marrone was pleased with what he saw in that regard.
Fournette ended his first preseason game with 31 yards rushing on nine carries with one touchdown.
He was asked what he thought about the speed of the game at the NFL level and said he felt it was much slower than he had anticipated. Fournette added that several players and coaches had said that it would be very fast, but due to playing in the SEC, he felt the NFL game was easy.
Many predict big things for Fournette including Offensive Rookie of the Year and it appears with his confidence level he feels the same way.