The SEC annually produces a multitude of NFL draft picks. This is a testament to the competitive nature and standard of excellence the conference holds itself to. One of the top players in the 2017 draft is already touting the merits of his college experience as he transitions to life as a professional.
Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, selected with the fourth pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, gave major credit to the SEC for acclimating him to the game speed of the NFL.
Per NFL.com reporter James Palmer:
“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette told me. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”
Fournette added that he believed he’s can produce a similar season to Ezekiel Elliott’s rookie campaign with the Dallas Cowboys.
This is fantastic news for the Jaguars fan base, as the organization is in pursuit of its first playoff appearance since 2007.
According to the story, the Jaguars believe Fournette, who is projected as the early favorite for 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is ‘capable’ of leading the league in rushing.
Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in his three seasons at LSU.
The Jaguars begin the regular season on Sept. 10 at the Houston Texans.