There’s a belief that LSU running back Leonard Fournette is “driven by stardom” and may lack a commitment to football, sources tell Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com. Of course, the quickest way to achieving fame in the NFL is by producing results on the field, so concerns about Fournette’s makeup may be overblown. Recent reports indicate Fournette is still a candidate to go No. 1 overall, but that seems incredibly unlikely, and I sent Fournette to Baltimore in PFR’s first 2017 mock draft.
Here’s more on the 2017 draft:
- The Falcons put Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis through a workout last week, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Atlanta’s defensive line improved in 2016, but the club could still use another edge rusher to pair with Vic Beasley, as the rest of the Falcons’ defensive end rotation is made up of Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, Derrick Shelby, Courtney Upshaw, and Jack Crawford. In 13 games last season, Willis posted 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
- Temple guard Dion Dawkins has visited the Broncos, tweets Mike Klis of 9News. Denver, unsurprisingly, is expected to target multiple offensive linemen in the draft after ranking 27th in adjusted sack rate in 2016. Free agent signee Ronald Leary is the Broncos’ starter at right guard, while Max Garcia is currently penciled in on the left side. Dawkins ranks as the third-best guard in this year’s class, per Rob Rang of CBSSSports.com, who compares Dawkins to Tampa Bay’s Donovan Smith.
- Like Denver, the Dolphins are also on the hunt for offensive line help, and brought in Western Michigan guard Taylor Moton for a meeting this week, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The Fins headed into the offseason hoping to sign two underpriced guards in free agency, and they did just that, inking Ted Larsen and Jermon Bushrod to man the interior. Moton has started every game for Western Michigan over the past four years.