Who will the Jaguars take in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Jaguars’ interminable rebuild changed course this off-season when Tom Coughlin was hired as executive VP of football operations. Who will they draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Jaguars hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 4 (No. 4 overall):
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: The Jaguars’ brass spoke all off-season about the need to improve the run game, and this is a pretty clear attempt to do so. Fournette immediately leaps to the top of the depth chart, skipping past Chris Ivory (whose contract now looks rather expendable post-June 1) and T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars may have to tweak their offense some to mesh Fournette with Blake Bortles—the former is a downhill power back, the latter has been at his best out of the gun. The expectation will be that Fournette can bring Jacksonville magic like Ezekiel Elliott did in Dallas last year. Reality may paint a bleaker picture given the roster around Fournette, but he’s definitely a special talent. The Jaguars did leave a lot of defensive talent on the board here, so this has to pay off.
Round 2, Pick 2 (No. 34, via Seattle)
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama:This is the Seahawks’ third trade down already—this one (for picks 35 and 187), plus two on Thursday. Jacksonville made the move to ensure it could nab Robinson, the potential first-round lineman who, along with Forrest Lamp, made it to Day 2. It remains to be seen if Robinson will be a guard or tackle for the Jaguars in 2017, but his future should be as a potential franchise LT. GRADE: A
Round 3, Pick 4 (No. 68)
Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: Here’s the defensive-line depth that the Jaguars had to find, after spending their first two picks on the offensive side of the football. Smoot doesn’t really threaten the status quo above him on the depth chart—he’s a rotational piece on this roster, and there arguably were higher-upside DEs still available. This is way early based on our board. Grade: D+
Round 4, Pick 3 (No. 110) Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 4 (No. 148) Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
Round 7, Pick 4 (No. 222) Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
Round 7, Pick 22 (No. 240) Marquez Williams, FB, Miami (OH)