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2018 NFL Draft: Options for the Jaguars on Day 2

Zach Goodall

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin arrives on the red carpet before the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After selecting Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan with the 29th overall pick yesterday, the Jacksonville Jaguars have several directions they could go on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Offensive guard, tight end, and linebacker are still positions the Jaguars need to address before the draft is over, and I’d expect at least one of those positions to be selected by the team today.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some prospects the Jaguars could target in rounds two and three.

Guard

Tyrell Crosby, Oregon: The 6-5, 309 lb versatile former Ducks tackle would be an ideal fit at right guard in the Jaguars power-run scheme, as he is a mauler in the run game and has no issue taking on powerful defensive linemen. Crosby would be an upgrade over current starter AJ Cann and potentially take over right tackle duties when Jermey Parnell retires.

Will Hernandez, UTEP: Hernandez is likely a trade up option, as he was expected to be drafted in the first round. I’m not sure if Jacksonville will pull that trigger since they didn’t love him enough to take him at 29, but he’s a scheme fit and a bully of a run blocker. The 6/3, 327 lb guard would have to switch from left to right guard in Jacksonville, but he would complete the unit and make life easy for running back Leonard Fournette.

Braden Smith, Auburn: Smith is another power-scheme fit, who possesses an ideal frame at 6-4, 309 lbs. He isn’t the most athletic guard prospect in this class and can play a little stiff, but he belittles opposing defenders with his power and drive through blocks.

Tight end

Mike Gesicki, Penn State: The most athletic tight end in this class would be an immediate redzone target for QB Blake Bortles. He offers next to nothing as a blocker, but he produced 11 red zone touchdowns at Penn State and offers the athletic profile to be a primary 50-50 ball type of receiver.

Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State: Goedert has slipped down draft boards due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the Senior Bowl. But the 6-4 5/8, 256 lb former Jack Rabbit totaled 198 receptions for 2988 yards and 21 touchdowns in his college career. Goedert is also is a promising blocker, but level of competition he faced may be a concern to NFL teams.

Ian Thomas, Indiana: Thomas has had an under the radar draft process, as his production at Indiana was incredibly limited by his usage in the offense: 28 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns in two years. But he offers the potential to develop as a blocker and athleticism to be an effective receiver, standing at 6-4, 259 lbs and running a 4.74 40 yard dash and recording a 36 inch vertical jump.

Linebacker

Shaquem Griffin, UCF: One of the biggest storylines in NFL Draft history, Griffin could be a true chess piece for the Jaguars defense, despite only having one hand. Griffin would likely start as the Jaguars base-SAM linebacker, but can also get snaps at WILL, defensive end, and even defensive back. He recorded 18.5 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 16 defensed passes, and four forced fumbles as a UCF Knight.

Fred Warner, Brigham Young: Warner is an ideal fit at the Jaguars SAM position, playing at a lengthy 6-3, 236 lbs with 32 inch arms. He has the downhill speed to make plays in the backfield, which he displayed in totaling 6.5 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss.

Malik Jefferson, Texas: The see-ball, get-ball linebacker doesn’t have the greatest instincts, but he possesses great frame at 6-2, 236 lbs, and athleticism to match what Telvin Smith and Myles Jack provide to the Jaguars linebacker corps. He ran a 4.52 40 yard dash, and jumped 36 inches vertical and 125 inches broad. Jefferson had 13 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and five defended passes at Texas.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on BigCatCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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