Draft tip #2: Steer clear of MJD
Maurice Jones-Drew is scheduled to visit with Oakland on Friday and Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting there is a good chance MJD will sign with the Raiders.
Does that mean he will be the number one back there? Probably.
Does that mean you should target him? No.
Take a look at his numbers: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/9646/maurice-jones-drew
In 2011, he had almost 2,000 total yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
In 2012 and 2013 — combined — he had 1,620 yards and seven touchdowns.
He’s 29 years old and has more than 1,800 carries and 2,160 total touches. And he’s not big (5-7, 210).
I posted earlier about the 300+ carry rule, and MJD (along with Ray Rice) are primary examples of why I stay away from those types of players.
MJD had 343 carries and 386 total touches in his wonderful 2011 campaign. That year continues to take a toll on him…steer clear, unless he drops to you and you can get good value.