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Jaguars say drafting Leonard Fournette was a win-now move

NFL Draft

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Leonard Fournette of LSU reacts poses after being picked #4 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Jaguars haven’t had a winning record or a playoff berth in 10 years, and they think it’s time to change that.

Jacksonville General Manager Dave Caldwell says that the decision to use the fourth overall pick on running back Leonard Fournette was about making the Jaguars a better team immediately.

“Leonard’s a guy we think can come in & make an immediate impact, we’re in a ‘win now’ mode as we should be,” Caldwell said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The Jaguars have gone 3-13, 5-11, 3-13, 4-12, 2-14 and 5-11 in the last six seasons, so it would be nice to think they can win now. But that may not be a realistic expectation. The Jaguars are a lot more than one player away, and the track record of teams that try to rebuild around highly drafted running backs isn’t great. It would be a big surprise if the Jaguars are a winning team in 2017.