RB - JAC
Urban Meyer is certainly known for valuing speed on the football field and the Jaguars have not been shy about their intent to draft Kadarius Toney if he were there at pick No. 25 in the NFL Draft. With Toney off the board, they went with the explosive RB prospect that can absolutely fly in Etienne. My belief is that the Jaguars intend to deploy Etienne as a traditional RB, but then also as a player that they will use all over the formation and simply get the ball in his hands. If that's the case, Etienne's going to be extremely valuable for fantasy football right away. He's a true home-run threat and he's an excellent receiver out of the backfield. As we sit here in early June, I wouldn't be shocked if Etienne finishes as a top-15 RB in fantasy right out of the gates. My Very Early Projection: 184-881-5 rushing & 71-607-2 receiving.
When a team drafts a running back in the first round, history suggests they're going to use him a ton. In fact, there's been just one running back drafted in the first round over the last eight years who hasn't touched the ball at least 197 times, and that was Rashaad Penny, who's continually injured (it was also a shock to hear his name in the first round). Etienne was a favorite of many in this draft class, and is now tied to an offense that has Trevor Lawrence at the helm rather than Gardner Minshew/Mike Glennon. The Jaguars have also been using him as a wide receiver in camp, which is never a bad thing. In PPR formats, targets are worth 2.5 times as much as carries. He'll share some work with James Robinson, but make no mistake about it, Etienne is the lead back with the most talent.
Etienne is an explosive RB who joins his Clemson teammate, QB Trevor Lawrence, in Jacksonville. Both former Tigers should provide some much needed pop to a stagnant Jaguars offense. The concern 1.) It sounds like Urban Meyer sees Etienne as a slash player- Curtis Samuel, Percy Harvin, etc. They want to line him up part of the time at WR. This is different than the position he played at Clemson for Coach Dabo Swinney which was RB. It could take him some time to get comfortable in his new role. Etienne has some serious wheels and will make plenty of big plays. Ringo's comp- a combo of Alvin Kamara/Jamaal Charles.
Running with the WR's in rookie camp can only help his versatility. He played 84 career snaps in the slot or out wide in 55 games at Clemson, which may not seem like a lot, but the college game is different.
Etienne will have to compete for touches with James Robinson, but teams do not take a running back with the 25th pick to be a backup. Etienne will have a receiving role and should see carries and be an upside flex option, especially in PPR formats.
Gross Year 1 landing spot -- Urban Meyer already pledging 3-headed nightmare, though the draft capital should suggest otherwise and his talent could send him into a souped-up Percy Harvin role
22yo - Staying with Trevor Lawrence is going to be exciting to watch. Sharing the ball with James Robinson is not ideal, however maybe it's a blessing in disguise.
- Big strider, very strong legs and balance
- You almost forget how casually powerful he can be through the tackle
- Pretty good vision and great speed to break a run from anywhere and can make opposing tacklers angles look really silly
- Despite the speed, great at slowing it down and allowing his blocks to set up and not try to force too much
- He has this spin and duck move that gets him loose from a lot of arm tackles, reminds of something you would do in back yard football, if you try and tackle him you better hold on tight
- Good burst
- Which allows him to do things like what he did against Miami in 2020 on the goal line. No holes to run through, turned his hips quickly and got outside for the TD. Players can live without elite burst, but it certainly makes them more fantasy valuable
- Thrives in chaos, better in chaos then 1 on 1 in open space.
- You watch so many RBs, trying to watch so closely for that burst or cutting ability, Etienne's just smacks you in the face
- Passpro is questionable, misses or doesn't know assignments at times
- Flashes the power and wiggle, just isn't consistent(improved in 2020)
- If he has his shoulders squared, nearly impossible to bring down on first contact, definitely vulnerable when he's not squared up though. Isn't that the case for 99%? Nit picking
Like mentioned, not as good as you'd expect in open space(He tried to hurdle the ND punter on a missed FG return instead of literally anything else). Lucky there's not a lot of that at the NFL level anyway
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