Fournette’s college film is impressive, and he was compared to Adrian Peterson throughout his college career. That’s not the right comparison.
Peterson ran a 4.4 at 217 pounds in the 2007 NFL Combine, which helped launch a career in which he’s rushed for 11,747 yards with the Vikings. He’s one of the most amazing athletes to play the position. Keep in mind Peterson was taken at No. 7 in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Fournette’s 40-time is significant given his size. According to ProFootballReference.com, the fastest 40 by a running back that weighs 240 pounds or more since 2000 is T.J. Duckett (2002) at 4.45. Alabama’s Derrick Henry ran a 4.54 at 247 pounds at the NFL Combine last year.
They need Laquon Treadwell, last year’s first-round pick, to live up to his draft spot in ways he never came close to in a practically invisible rookie season. Both Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, speaking Thursday, pointed to Treadwell specifically and young wideouts in general as targets of increased organization efforts to develop players better than they had been.
“I feel good about Laquon,” Zimmer said.
They need to figure out which veteran defensive backs they can keep; Terence Newman Cheap Lakers Jerseys and Captain Munnerlyn are free agents, and they have recent draft picks they want (and need) to mature fast.
Overall, they want to maintain the defense’s high standards while Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys getting much better on offense, which is no easy trick: “I just want to be extremely careful that we don’t rob Peter to pay Paul,” Zimmer said.