Day two of the NFL draft started off as a nerve wracking day for the former Auburn running back to Tank Bigsby due to the uncertainty of what the day would bring.
But when he learned he would be taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 88th overall pick from Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke, all the worries and stress melted away.
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“The stress level went down”, said Bigsby after being drafted by the Jaguars in the third round. “It’s like I’m on a team. I can get to work. I know where I stand, so I’m very excited.”
Not only was Bigsby relieved to receive a call-up to join the Jaguars, but he was also stunned that the Jaguars had selected him. He spoke to Jaguars scouts at Auburn’s Pro Day last month, but hadn’t heard from them since.
“I didn’t know, and I was so surprised because it’s so confusing how all these teams contact you the day of, the day before, and they just throw you off their feet. The teams calling you at 30 and things like that, it throws you off,” Bigsby said. ‘I did not know. I honestly didn’t know. I was so shocked when I saw 904. I was like ‘Florida. Wow.’ It was crazy.”
Apparently it wasn’t a huge surprise to the Jaguars, as they knew they wanted Bigsby after talking to him on Pro Day. Baalke says the addition of Bigsby will do well for their running back rotation, which includes Travis Etienne and Snoop Conner.
“At that point we felt that what he brings to the table, his physicality, the way he runs between tackles, was something we needed to add to the rotation.” Baalke said Friday.
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson also likes the idea of Bigsby joining his RB room as he thinks it will bolster group completion.
“There’s a lot of depth there,” Pederson said of his running backs. “There’s a great game coming up when we get to training camp, obviously with the pads on and really seeing how these guys do.”
Watch Bigsby’s introductory press conference as a member of the Jaguars from Jacksonville here: