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Making the case for Jets to select Leonard Fournette in 2017 NFL Draft

Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman McTelvin Agim (3) tackles LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the second quarter of the game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman McTelvin Agim (3) tackles LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the second quarter of the game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
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 The New York Jets need a playmaker on offense and should easily draft running back Leonard Fournette out of LSU if he’s available in the 2017 NFL Draft.

There is a lot of buzz going on that cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State might be selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Surprising news, I know. So where do the New York Jets go if not for a solid defensive player? They could go the running back route.

All things considered, running back Leonard Fournette out of LSU would be a dramatic increase in the running game. Stats that Matt Forte and Bilal Powell simply couldn’t achieve. Why are we beating around the bush though with mock drafts? Mainly because it’s a science.

Head coach Todd Bowles is obviously taking the time to study what each player could bring to the Jets. We want that franchise quarterback, a brick wall defense, and overall more playmakers on offense. It might not be possible to get everything in 2017.

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The Jets need to put emphasis on the future as much as possible, though. Putting emphasis on running, they could have a more well-rounded team. Think about what that will give their play action plays. Think about less stress for the quarterback and defense. Think about what kind of balance the offense of the Jets will have with a solid ground game.

It’s plain and simple, running eats the clock and is a necessity for every championship team. Fournette would possibly bring a better shot at making the NFL Playoffs. I mean, the Jets were 5-11 last year. I don’t agree with people saying we’ll be worse in 2017.

The Jets are studying, we have a top-ten pick in this year’s draft, we can only go up from here. I had countless moments in 2016 when I yelled, “mix up the plays, Jets!” Let’s not go 3 and out constantly in 2017 by at least having such a stud at running back. Bowles saying goodbye to key players and bringing in some younger blood is a positive in my playbook. We have to be more pragmatic and we’ll win more games this coming season. Especially with Fournette ready to make a name for himself in the city that never sleeps.

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