JACKSONVILLE – On Day 2, the Jaguars went running back.
They did so quickly and early Friday night, using the fourth selection of the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft – the No. 36 selection overall – on University of Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon.
Yeldon was projected as a late first-round selection by many draft analysts and was the first back selected in what some believe could be a run on the position in Round 2.
Yeldon (6-feet-1, 226 pounds) ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, then ran 40s of 4.52 and 4.53 second at his March 11 Pro Day. A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this past season and a second-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2013, he was productive throughout his collegiate career, finishing fourth on the Crimson Tide's career rushing list.
Yeldon rushed for 3,322 yards and 37 touchdowns on 576 carries in three seasons at Alabama, rushing for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns on 194 carries as a junior. He rushed for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns on 207 carries as a sophomore and 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 carries as a freshman.
The New York Giants – after trading with the Tennessee Titans – selected Alabama safety Landon Collins with the first selection of Round 2 (No. 33 overall) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Penn State University offensive tackle Donovan Smith with the second selection of Round 2 (No. 34). The Oakland Raiders selected Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. with the third selection of Round 2 (No. 35).
The Jaguars selected University of Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. with the draft's No. 3 overall selection Thursday night. They hold the No. 67 selection – the third selection of the third round – later on Friday night.