Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, N/A
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Aug-29-2014 by Larry Gold
Maurice Jones-Drew is just one of the many new faces joining the Oakland Raiders in an attempt to ignite an offense short on reliability in recent years. A change of scenery seemed to be a long time coming for MJD, whose last couple years have been headlined by a holdout, rumors of being traded and various injuries. Coming off foot surgery that sidelined him for more than half of the 2012 season, the former Jaguar posted a career-low 3.4 yards per carry on 234 rushes in 2013. Although he was still a pass-catching threat out of the backfield with 43 receptions, Jones-Drew struggled to find the stride that made him one of the more consistent, durable threats since he burst onto the NFL scene in 2006. Many point to the heavy mileage (267 touches per year spanning eight years) as an obvious reason for his steep decline, but the Raiders are counting on MJD to join Darren McFadden and make running back a position of strength. While it's uncertain exactly how the Raiders plan to mix and match their veteran backs, it's expected to be a healthy competition which can only help the Raiders. MJD is currently falling to the 10th round (114.09 ADP) in drafts. You are not drafting the Jones-Drew of old, but given his skill-set and the likelihood of an annual McFadden injury or two, it is fine to roll the dice and draft the former UCLA back as a RB3/flex with PPR upside.
Editor's note: McFadden apparently looked great at OTAs and was praised by the media for being as healthy as ever. It is possible MJD plays second-fiddle to McFadden. This situation will be made clearer as the offseason progresses into the regular season.
Update: MJD has had a solid camp and figures to be the clear RB1 for the Raiders.
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|8.12||Gridiron Irishmen - Not luvin him as a number 2 RB, but hopefully he is serviceable and takes the lead in the backfield|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|10.04||#5 World Ranked - I think MJD takes the full time roll and puts up solid numbers this year. He's a very good value in round 10 as a RB3/flex player.|
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