Will Leonard Fournette be the Next Bo Jackson? It takes a special kind of person to split time at their position for four seasons, have their career ended because of injuries and still be considered one of the most gifted running backs in NFL history. Bo Jackson was 6’1’’ 227 lbs. and was a powerful downhill runner who also ran a 4.12 40-yard dash. Leonard Fournette is slightly bigger at 6’1’’ 230 lbs. and a step slower with a 4.51 40-yard dash, but his ability to run over a linebacker and then outrace a defensive back into the end zone is what draws the Bo Jackson comparisons.
Leonard Fournette is coming off an ankle injury he sustained midseason. He smartly sat out the remainder of the season and didn’t risk further injury. Fournette knows which side his bread is buttered and that’s what you want in a guy who you select with the fourth overall pick in the draft.
Fournette was the sixth-ranked high school player in the country when he committed to Louisiana State University. His Freshman year he rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. He stole the spotlight his Sophomore year with 1,953 rushing yards, 253 receiving yards, and 23 touchdowns. In his Junior year, he played in 7 games and rushed for 842 yards and ran in 8 touchdowns. His last two seasons he rushed for an incredible 6.5 yards per carry.
He joins a young Jacksonville Jaguars team filled with talent at every position except quarterback. Blake Bortles is a decent quarterback, but if he doesn’t break out this season the Jags will likely move on in the offseason when his contract expires. Leonard Fournette will provide a huge relief on offense, and we will see what this talented team is all about.
It’s not every day that a draft pick is compared to an All-Time athlete, and for Leonard’s sake, I hope his career is much longer than Bo’s and his achievements will become the new benchmark for incoming players.