With Maurice Jones-Drew about to hit the market in free agency, the Jaguars will be encouraged by what they saw from running backs at the combine.
Several prospects showcased the potential to replace Jacksonville's veteran workhorse. In particular, two bruisers proved they have the quickness to match the power needed to carry the load the way Jones-Drew did.
Oklahoma's Damien Williams, a thick-bodied 222-pounder, ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds. Having thrived as a power-based runner for the Sooners, Williams would be a good fit in Jacksonville.
But Caldwell and Bradley would likely perform extensive research on a player who was booted off the program in Oklahoma following numerous violations.
Former Boston College star Andre Williams is another power back with tremendous size and solid quickness. The 230-pounder is punishing between the tackles, and the 4.56 time he clocked in the 40 is evidence of decent speed for a runner that size.
But West Virginia's Charles Sims could be the impossible-to-ignore prospect for the Jags. The 6'0", 214-pound all-rounder ran a 4.48 40 as well as showing off good cutting skills in cone and shuttle drills.
Sims is a more complete, every-down style back than Gaffney or Williams, thanks to his receiving skills. After dismissing doubts about his quickness, Sims has the versatility to tempt any team looking for a featured runner.
Jacksonville can afford to stay patient and still find a running back ready to start.
The Jaguars should have left the combine knowing that they can significantly upgrade at least one of their major needs along with adding some useful options in both the secondary and running game.
*Combine results provided by NFL's official combine website unless otherwise noted.