How will the Jaguars use their picks in the 2018 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were one half away from making their first Super Bowl appearance, and the AFC South champions look to ride that momentum into 2018.
They are picking outside the top 10 in the NFL draft for the first time in 11 years.
The defense was stout was last season, ranking second in the NFL in total defense. The Jags ended up reaching the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the New England Patriots.
The offense had question marks, but a powerful running game helped take some of the pressure of quarterback Blake Bortles, who signed a three-year, $54 million contract this offseason.
Here's the full list of picks the Jaguars hold in the 2018 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 29 (No. 29 overall)
Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Andy Benoit's grade: B-
Does Bryan fill a need? Of course not. But we should know by now not to scold the Jaguars for overloading on defensive talent, because it’s worked out almost perfectly thus far. Bryan is said to be a bit of a project. With Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones and occasional defensive tackle Calais Campbell (an All-Pro defensive end) on the roster, he can develop initially from the bench. Stylistically, he fits Jacksonville’s gap-attacking 4-3 defense.
Scouting Report: Long and athletic, Bryan is raw but flashes rare movement skills for his size. He explodes off the line and plays with a relentless motor—a fluid mover who can bend around a blocker and make plays in the backfield. He’s a bit lanky for the interior and might ultimately be molded into a five-technique.
Round 2, Pick 29 (No. 61 overall):
D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Andy Benoit's Grade: C+
It’s a little surprising the Jaguars didn’t go O-line or tight end and try to augment their thundering ground game. Perhaps they didn’t love the prospects at those positions. The hope is Chark will bring playmaking prowess to a receiving corps that overachieved late last year, with rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole lading the way.
Round 3, Pick 29 (No. 93 overall):
Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Andy Benoit's Grade: C-
Starters Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson are both signed beyond 2020 so this pick is nothing more than a great defense adding depth. Considering that the Jaguars play nickel (two linebackers, two safeties) and never big dime (one linebacker, three safeties), Harrison will have to embrace special teams if he wants to get significant snaps.
Round 4 Pick 29 (No. 129 overall): Will Richardson, T, North Carolina State
Round 6, Pick 29 (No. 203 overall): Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska
Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230 overall): Leon Jacobs, LB, Wisconsin
Round 7, Pick 29 (No. 247 overall): Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State