At this point, it’s obvious that the players drafted ahead of Kamara are far from busts. Players like Fournette and Cook are definitely high injury risk players but they are still incredible talents. In fact, the entire 2017 draft class is full of amazing dual-purpose backs. Even after Kamara, players like Kareem Hunt, James Conner, Tarik Cohen, and Aaron Jones were selected. This draft class was deep at running back but Kamara arguably has the most value to his team.
It would be easy to say that Kamara was worth a third-round draft pick but the Saints did have to trade a second-round draft pick to select him. Who did that pick become? Former LSU running back Derrius Guice. So was that trade worth it? Of course! Guice is another player who is now a high injury risk. He didn’t even get to play a single regular season game his rookie season due to an ACL tear during a preseason game.
With that trade, the Saints were able to get one of the best scoring threats in the entire league. Kamara is a player who can produce at a high level without needing to touch the ball as often as other backs. He proved his ability to be the number one back during the first four games of last season and this year will be a chance for him to fully demonstrate his abilities.
The other teams may have found a solid back to fill that gap on their team but all of them would arguably take Kamara if they knew what they know today.