After reaching the AFC Championship Game in January 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars fell back down to earth last season, posting a 5-11 record.
Most of it had to do with their offense, which ranked next to last in scoring offense, 27th in the NFL in total offense, and their powerful running game which went from the league's best in 2017 to 19th.
The Jaguars will have a new quarterback after cutting Blake Bortles. Nick Foles, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl win is now in charge of the offense under coordinator John DeFilippo. The 30-year-old Foles signed a four-year, $88 million deal, and team has the 7th overall pick to address any holes that have in the team.
The team also sent defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson and running back Carlos Hyde packing this offseason, as the first step in trying to take control of the AFC South,
The defense is still rock solid, led by veteran defensive end Calais Campbell and star cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
We're listing every 2019 draft pick below, including grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit.
Round 1, Pick 7 (No. 7 overall): Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Andy Benoit's grade: B+
This is a great illustration of how the whole 3-4 vs. 4-3 discussion gets overblown. Allen is viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and the Jags have as pure a 4-3 scheme as you’ll find. And that dichotomy does not matter because 3-4 and 4-3 in today’s NFL both have mostly the same gap-shooting rules, and the NFL is a nickel league, which usually means a 4-2 front. Bottom line: Allen is a raw edge bender, which he’ll do opposite lithe, unheralded star Yannick Ngakoue on third downs. (This also means superstar Calais Campbell will play inside on those downs.). Allen’s experience dropping into coverage at Kentucky could also put him in contention for a strongside linebacker role in base 4-3 scenarios, not unlike how the Broncos have used Von Miller over the years.
Round 2, Pick 3 (No. 35 overall): Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Andy Benoit's grade: A
In today’s NFL, most elite defensive ends rush off the offense’s right side, making right tackles every bit as important as left tackles. Taylor, who will play opposite another high second-rounder in third-year pro Cam Robinson, can hold his own in pass protection, but like many classic right tackles, he is first and foremost a mauling run-blocker. This is excellent value for the old school, run-oriented Jags, whom many thought might take the Florida offensive tackle in Round 1.
Round 3, Pick 5 (No. 69 overall): Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
Andy Benoit's grade: D+
If you want to be a smashmouth offense, it’s hard to envision where a gadget, flex-style tight end fits in. Oliver did not block at San Jose State…if he comes on the field in any situation other than an obvious passing one, defenses could get a tell.
Round 3, Pick 35 (No. 98 overall): Quincy Williams, LB, Murray State
Andy Benoit's grade: C-
With the Jags being two-deep at every linebacker spot and set for the long-term in nickel with Telvin Smith and Myles Jack, this draft pick appears to be about bolstering special teams.
Round 5, Pick 2 (No. 140 overall): Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Round 6, Pick 5 (No. 178 overall): Gardner Minshew II, QB, Washington State
Round 7, Pick 21 (No. 235 overall): Dontavius Russell, DT, Auburn
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