Jennings dropped all the way to the 7th round
Jennings dropped all the way to the 7th round

When the Jacksonville Jaguars let Fred Taylor go this offseason they made a loud and clear announcement that Maurice Jones-Drew was THE number one running back on the team heading into 2009.

MJD is great fun to watch and has a work ethic and a slight chip on his shoulder (due to his size), making him a great franchise back.

MJD has produced good numbers on the ground and pretty spectacular through the air, but he has been supported by Taylor every step of the way.

It was clear the Jags needed to get some form of support act for MJD, either through free agency or in the 2009 NFL Draft.

With their first two selections Jacksonville played it very sensibly by drafting Eugene Monroe and Eben Britten, two extremely solid offensive tackles.

Monroe and Britten will immediately help to clear the path for MJD, but it was the selection of Rashad Jennings, the running back from Liberty at pick #250 in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL draft, that interested me the most.

Jennings could be the MJD support act, along with the rather active and athletic running back/full back Greg Jones.

Jennings was predicted to go anywhere from the 2nd to the 5th round by many experts, so for the Jags to get Jennings in the 7th round must have felt like Santa Claus had started early in Florida this year.

This guy was the leading rusher in the 2009 Senior Bowl but he still slipped down to pick #250, Jennings also helped Liberty to go 10-2 in 2008.

I’m sure the Jaguars did not expect Jennings to fall in their lap so late, but it does leave me thinking why did 31 other teams decide not to call his name before pick #250.

I have a good feeling about Jennings showing those other teams that they made a big mistake. Jacksonville will be a much improved team in 2009, with the likes of Torry Holt and Mike Walker stepping up at WR, Marcedes Lewis doing the do at TE and David Garrard showing he still has plenty left in the tank.

Whilst MJD will be the star of the show I can see Rashad Jennings getting 300-400 yards rushing and 4-6 touchdowns.

Any stats around this mark will be seen as great production for a 7th round pick, but I get the feeling for Jennings he will want a lot lot more.

Anyone else have any thoughts on Jennings?

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Comments
  1. Warren says:

    Having watched Rashad this year, I can tell you that there will be some teams kicking themselves for not picking him up in the fourth or fifth round. He dropped to the seventh for one reason — he played Division 1 FCS football rather than BCS. There were probably concerns about the level of competition that he faced (even though that’s not the issue that it used to be in the FCS).

    I don’t think he’ll have any problems finding a spot on the Jags’ roster this season, and he’ll be a contributor quickly.

  2. Jon J says:

    Rashad will definitely contribute this year and I suspect that he has a chip on his shoulder (some big shoulders) and I would say that others need to be aware and that there will be some team scouts out there from other teams that are going to get called to the table by their GM for their lack of judgement.

  3. Minge says:

    Can’t see it.

  4. Pitt says:

    Thank you . you can see NFL fans shop

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