After making the AFC Championship Game the Jaguars were looking for a good draft that would give them a few more pieces to put them over the top. Our Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft Review analyzes every Jaguars pick looking at both value and scheme fit.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #29: Taven Bryan DT Florida
Your telling me that opposing offensive lines are going to have to block Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Calais Campbell and now Taven Bryan on passing downs? That is a tall order for anybody as the rich got richer. While this was clearly not a need the Jaguars felt he was he best available player and gives them some insurance that they can let a guy like Marcel Dareus walk if they don’t want to pay his contract.
2nd Round, Pick #29: DJ Chark WR LSU
Chark is a perfect fit within the Jacksonville offense because of his ability to stretch the field. The Jaguars want to pound the rock with their run game so they’ll take chances down the field and having a tall receiver like Chark with good speed playing opposite of the speed demon DeDe Westbrook forces defenses to have to play two high safeties to account for those deep play action passes. Marvelous pick and value here.
3rd Round, Pick #29: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
A poor man’s Derwin James, I never really understood the hype around Harrison but felt that this is the appropriate value for the athletic strong safety. Harrison should work well behind Barry Church and could see some time as a dime linebacker in sub packages before eventually earning a starting role a couple years down the line.
4th Round, Pick #29: Will Richardson OT North Carolina State
Richardson possesses starting caliber size and traits but character concerns were the reason he fell to the bottom of the fourth round. With Cam Robinson entrenched at left tackle, Richardson will compete with Jeremy Parnell at right tackle but his experience on the left side could allow him to be the swing tackle initially.
6th Round, Pick #29: Tanner Lee QB Nebraska
When given time Tanner Lee has shown the ability to pick apart defenses and help the offense score points. His biggest issue is pressure can really throw him off and cause him to make some poor decisions. Jacksonville is taking the chance that Lee whose played in a pro style system can continue his development and become a solid backup quarterback in this league.
7th Round, Pick #12: Leon Jacobs OLB Wisconsin
Prior to earning a starting role this past season, Jacobs made his biggest impact on special teams coverage units. That will be his ticket to making the Jaguars loaded roster, but he could also provide a good run defender in a reserve role as a strongside linebacker.
7th Round, Pick #29: Logan Cooke P Mississippi State
Sorry punters everywhere, but I’m not a fan of drafting a punter even in the final round of the draft. Too often you can get quality punters as underafted free agents. The Jaguars would have been better off using this pick on a prospect who good upside. Heck they could have taken one of the undrafted offensive lineman like Sean Welsh or Cody O’Connell to add depth.
Draft Grade: B+
Best Pick: Taven Bryan
Biggest Reach: Logan Cooke