Who Might Replace MJD at Running Back

Jan 06, 2014 -- 8:49am

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

If you want to know who will be carrying the football for your Jacksonville Jaguars next season, you may have to wait until May to know his name.

There are plenty of talented running backs who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft - so many in my opinion that the Jaguars can wait until the third round before they send a name to the podium.

While it looks like the NFL has lowered its premium on running backs and emphasized more receivers and tight ends, there is still a desire to find a strong, dependable runner who can move the chains. Running backs by committee are becoming more vogue, so three or four above average runners may be desired to get the desired effect of a battering ram hitting an opponent’s defense.

Whether the Jaguars choose a runner like Maurice Jones-Drew - low to the ground, shifty and can run through a defensive line like a bowling ball, or try to find a thoroughbred like Fred Taylor, is not known right now. And of course, there is always free agency where the team could take a stab at Ben Tate.

Personally, I like Jordan Todman and think he will be in the mix when everything is all said and done.

Here are five runners who could make Jacksonville their home in May.

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Big and strong. At 6’ and 230 pounds, he can run though a defensive line and get to the next level. Hyde is the top running back on most draft boards right now.

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

He was the yin to Bryce Petty’s yang in Waco. His running punished Big 12 defenses all season. He can get to the second level and break free from the pack with every handoff he gets.

Andre Williams, Boston College

Right now, he has a third round grade, but that might change. A 2,000-yard runner is nothing to avoid and Williams seemed to get better as the season wore on. A Heisman finalist says he is pretty good

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