Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 Draft Review

1st/4 Leonard Fournette, RB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 240 School: LSU

With Tom Coughlin hired as the vice president of football operations it was clear that the Jaguars were not going to be throwing the ball 625 times in a season again. Running the ball will become a top priority which made the selection of Fournette’s a no brainer. Fournette will allow them to control the ball more and take pressure off of quarterback Blake Bortles.

 

2nd/34 Cam Robinson, OT

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 322 School: Alabama

Fixing the run game has been a theme so far in the draft as the Jaguars turned their focus to the offensive line. Robinson is at his best using his size and strength to move defenders off their spot to open holes for the running back. He has the size and length to play to compete at right tackle but Jacksonville may move him inside to guard while he improves his footwork and then eventually moves outside.

 

3rd/68 Dawaune Smoot, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 264 School: Illinois

There is no such thing as having too many pass rushers as the Jaguars continue to build up their defensive line. After a breakout 2015 Smoot’s game took a step back in 2016 as the Illini changed schemes. Smoot will be used as a situational pass rusher initially lining up wide where he had his most success. If Smoot can recapture his 2015 form the Jaguars got a steal here.

 

4th/110 DeDe Westbrook, WR

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 178 School: Oklahoma

On the field there isn’t a more explosive downfield weapon as Westbrook blew past Big 12 defenders for 17 touchdowns on 19.1 yards per catch. It is the off the field issues that raises questions as Westbrook has been arrested twice for domestic violence before enrolling at Oklahoma. Westbrook has stayed out of trouble since and if he continues he’ll give Bortles yet another weapon at receiver.

 

5th/148 Blair Brown, LB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 238 School: Ohio

Jacksonville loves taking young athletic undersized linebackers as Brown is the latest. What he lacks in height and length he makes up for in explosiveness and change of direction ability. With a strong group of starting linebackers Brown will hold down a backup role while making his mark on special teams as a tackling machine.

 

7th/222 Jalen Myrick, CB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 200 School: Minnesota

Running a 4.28 40-yard dash at the Combine grabbed everyone’s attention forcing them to go back and watch the tape to see what they were missing. In Jacksonville he will get a shot in the slot but if he wants to make the team he’ll have to show he can use his elite speed on special teams.

 

7th/240 Marquez Williams, FB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 259 School: Miami

Without a fullback on the roster the Jaguars took a flyer on Williams to be the lead blocker for Fournette in their passing game. Williams is a solid blocker but isn’t going to give you much more than that. It is curious that Williams was drafted over much some higher ranked fullbacks.

 

Best Pick

Fournette (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Westbrook (fourth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

With a young talented defense, the Jaguars used this draft to help jump start the offense in hopes of making a run at the AFC South. Fournette is the headliner but the Jaguars were able to get get two mid round picks that should be able to carve out important roles as rookies.

Grade: A-

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