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What’s the “skinny” on Fournette to Bucs, or maybe Jaguars?

Roy Cummings



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LSU running back Leonard Fournette appears to have altered his drinking habits.

Citing a heavy intake of water, Fournette weighed in at a robust 240 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but he weighed in at a far sleeker 228 pounds at his pro day on Wednesday.

Two teams that are sure to take notice are the Buccaneers and the Jaguars.

Both teams are believed to be considering taking a running back, possibly with their first pick, in this year’s draft and Fournette’s weight loss suggests he’s serious about staying in shape and being at his best.

As you might expect, there was some question about that after Fournette weighed in at the combine, where some teams began to wonder if they might have another Eddie Lacy on their hands.

Those concerns helped to deplete Fournette’s draft stock a bit, his name falling into the latter half of the first round of some mock drafts. This news, though, should re-solidify a spot in the top 10 for him.

Will it solidify him with the Jaguars, who pick fourth overall and may pounce on Fournette in an opportunity to build a sound running game behind quarterback Blake Bortles?

It could. The Jags still need help at corner seemingly more than they need help at running back, but if Fournette is the best player on the board at No. 4 Jacksonville is hardly in a position to pass. Trading down later in the top 10 or 15 could result in them having a shot, too.

Same goes for the Bucs, who are sure to address the running back position at some point in this year’s draft, though when they will do that is actually rather hard to say.

Should Fournette somehow fall to the Bucs spot at No. 19 as some mockers have suggested, the Bucs would have to consider him, especially if Dalvin Cook doesn’t make it to them, as is expected.

Fournette chose not to run the 40 yard dash Wednesday leaving his smaller weight to be the topic.

No matter if he had been faster or not than February in Indy, the fact that Fournette has slimmed down since he was at the combine is good news. This is a guy who ran quite powerfully and effectively at about 235 pounds in college.

At that weight or a little less, there’s no reason to believe he can’t continue to be a beast in the NFL.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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