No. 10 – Leonard Fournette, RB
Selected by 4th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Leonard Fournette played a vital role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning season of 2020. However, such occurred after the former LSU Tigers star was released by the team that drafted him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Fournette with the expectations that he’d serve as a franchise pillar, and for a good reason. The 6-1, 230-pound running back accumulated 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in 32 games with the LSU Tigers. Indeed, Fournette offered NFL teams the potential to serve as a workhorse runner.
Many fans expected the LSU alum to provide the Jaguars with production that rivaled that of Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings. Fournette’s rookie season only reinforced and expanded such expectations.
Fournette rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 13 games as a rookie. However, a series of injuries and suspensions plagued his sophomore NFL season. Fournette eclipsed the 1,000-rushing-yards milestone again in his third season, but his relationship with Jacksonville soured. As a result, the Jaguars released Fournette 13 days before their 2020 Week 1 game vs. Indianapolis.
Tampa Bay signed Fournette during the 2020 season and went on to win Super Bowl LV. Their success was largely attributed to Fournette’s emergence in the playoffs and Super Bowl. The performances earned him the nicknames “Playoff Lenny” and “Lombardi Lenny.”
Today, Lombardi Lenny is looking to join his 3rd team in four years. Tampa Bay released Fournette last month. Unfortunately, it appears the former LSU Tiger is nearing the close of his NFL career.