This question is just as important. Fournette won’t be viewed as simply a franchise back. He’ll be expected to help flip the fortunes of a franchise altogether.
Of those backs drafted with top-five picks, four helped their teams improve by at least seven wins in their rookie seasons.
Dickerson helped the Los Angeles Rams increase their win total by seven by rushing for 1,808 yards and 18 TDs in 1983, albeit after a strike-shortened 1982 season. Billy Sims rushed for 1,303 yards and 13 TDs and helped the Lions improve their win total by seven in 1980. James rushed for 1,553 yards and 13 TDs and helped the Colts increase their win total by 10 in 1999. And, of course, Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs and helped the Cowboys win nine more games last season.
How have you been getting prepared for the NFL Combine?
Oh, man, I’m so excited. I’ve been training in Miami with Bommarito’s, working on speed work and working on football stuff, stuff that NFL scouts want to see. It’s extremely exciting.
I want to go prove everything that’s on tape. I think when you compare my tape to the other quarterbacks, I think I’m one of, if not the best quarterback, in terms of my speed, my arm strength, everything. And I can’t wait to get out there and prove it. That’s the best opportunity to do it.
Marshall, 32, ranked sixth in the NFL with 109 receptions in 2015, his first with the Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys Jets after a trade from the Bears.
New York finished a disappointing 5-11 last season, though, with Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys Marshall hauling in only 59 catches, the lowest since his rookie season, for 788 yards and three scores in the Jets’ anemic offense. Still, his 168 receptions were 63 more than any other Jets receiver over that span.