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2019 NFL Draft: Jaguars pre-draft visits and workouts tracker

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Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) blocks against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL Draft being only a couple of weeks away, pre-draft visits and workouts are in full swing. Teams are granted 30 visits with prospects at team facilities, where players can meet with team brass, workout on the field, and talk football.

As we collect who the Jaguars are hosting for their top-30 visits, we will update this blog with each report and provide some info on each prospect. Make sure to bookmark this article and keep checking in!

Note: Top-30 visits don’t necessarily reflect team big boards. Teams hosts players that could go top 5, undrafted, and anywhere in between.

Jaguars top-30 visits tracker (UPDATED: 4/21/19 11:40 A.M.)

Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama, 6-4 1/2, 302, testing scores

The Jaguars hosted Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams for a top 30 visit before the top-30 visit deadline, according to a report from ESPN. Williams started 44 games over three seasons for the Crimson Tide, earning SEC All-Freshman honors in 2016 as the starting right tackle, opposite of now-Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson. Since, Williams has earned numerous All-American and All-SEC honors at left tackle. Some analysts believe his 33 5/8″ arms translate better to guard rather than tackle at the next level, but I believe he’s fully capable of playing both inside and outside due to his on-tape athleticism and technique.

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tackle Jonah Williams (73) blocks against Clemson Tigers defensive end Austin Bryant (7) during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Davis, OL, UNC-Charlotte, 6-3 1/4, 316, testing scores

The Jaguars have hosted UNC-Charlotte offensive lineman Nate Davis for a top-30 visit, per source. Davis started 37 games for the UNCC 49ers and earned a 2019 Senior Bowl invite, after posting a Pro Football Focus pass blocking grade of 85.1 as a redshirt senior in 2018. While having experience at both guard and tackle in college, Davis projects to strictly play inside at guard at the next level due to his size.

Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North offensive guard Nate Davis of Charlotte (64) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Dillard, tackle, Washington State, 6-5, 315, testing scores

Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars have either hosted or worked out Washington State left tackle and projected first round pick Andre Dillard. The stand-out pass protector started 39 straight games in three years at WSU, allowing just one sack on 677 pass snaps in 2018.

Dillard doesn’t quite meet the team’s length thresholds at tackle, but is a standout player worth looking into considering his skill-set and availability in college. He participated in the 2019 Senior Bowl. We won’t count this report against the Jaguars 30 visits count just yet, due to the wording of Schefter’s report making it unclear if Dillard has visited the facility. But the team’s interest in Dillard is worth reporting.

Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State, 5-8, 200, testing scores

Source tells Locked On Jaguars that Utah State running back Darwin Thompson is visiting the Jaguars today. The speedster recorded 153 carries for 1044 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns in hsis one season at Utah State, following his time in junior college. He added 23 receptions for 351 yards (15.3) and two touchdowns in the passing game. Thompson would fill the role Corey Grant served in Jacksonville, should the Jaguars select him in the NFL Draft.

Dec 15, 2018; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Utah State Aggies running back Darwin Thompson (5) jumps over North Texas Mean Green safety Khairi Muhammad (4) during the first half at Dreamstyle Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa, 6-4 1/8, 249, testing scores

Sources tell Locked On Jaguars that Jacksonville has hosted University of Iowa tight end Noah Fant for a top 30 visit. The former Hawkeye is viewed as a first round prospect, along side his former teammate T.J. Hockenson. In three years at Iowa, Fant recorded 78 catches for 1083 yards and 19 touchdowns. Fant also is a polished blocker in-space, although he has some work to do when playing in-line. However, his dynamic athletic ability provides promise that he can be a great all-around TE at the NFL level.

Sep 22, 2018; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant (87) reacts after a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State, 6-4 5/8, 249, testing scores

The Jaguars have hosted another widely-considered Day 2 tight end prospect in San Jose State product Josh Oliver. Oliver, who converted to tight end as a freshman from pass rusher due to injuries at the TE position, is now a true receiving threat who posted 98 receptions for 1067 yards and seven touchdowns in his career since the transition.

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama, 6-3, 303, testing scores

One of the best football players in the 2019 NFL draft will be visiting the Jaguars today according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Quinnen Williams is one of the most athletic defensive tackles in the draft. Williams entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season where he accounted for 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks on the season. Easily one of the most powerful and athletic defense line players in the draft Williams would instantly become a staple in the Jaguars defense if they should be lucky enough to have him fall in their laps.

Jeff Smith, WR, Boston College, 6-0, 191, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting another offensive-skill player in Boston College wide receiver Jeff Smith, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Auman reports that Smith’s visit will last two days. Smith put up 136 catches for 902 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons at Boston College.

Smith ran a 4.36 40 yard dash at his Pro Day, which help produce an elite relative athletic score. Jacksonville has shown interest in multiple Boston College prospects, meeting with tackle Aaron Monteiro after the BC Pro Day, as well as tight end Tommy Sweeney at the Senior Bowl. Guard Chris Lindstrom also has a personal relationship with Jaguars scout Chris Snee.

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama, 6/2 3/8, 242, testing scores

Their first skill-position visit, the Jaguars are hosting Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. for a top 30 visit tomorrow. Jordan Reid of Cover1.net reported the meeting first. Smith is undersized compared to the traditional tight end, but compares athletically and physically to Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton, who Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo worked with during their time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith Jr. recorded 58 receptions for 838 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons at Alabama, and provides line-up versatility as an in-line tight end, slot receiver, and an H-back.

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan, 6-3, 253, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting defensive end Chase Winovich out of Michigan. Winovich is entering the NFL Draft as a senior. Starting the last two seasons as a Wolverine, he accumulated a total of 13.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. Winovich is a lesser known name than his counterpart Rashan Gary, although he has produced far more in his time with Michigan than Gary has. For example, Gary has only accumulated nine sacks in the past two years with 18 tackles for loss. Gary has also visited the Jaguars.

Michael Dogbe, DT, Temple, 6-3, 286, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting defensive tackle Michael Dogbe out of Temple. Dogbe was a fifth-year senior upon entering the NFL draft and while he is a little light for a defensive tackle, his ability to rush the passer and penetrate the offensive line is evidenced by the seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss he had during his last season at Temple. This is one of the more under the radar top-30 visits as the Jaguars — and other teams — will frequently meet with players they may view as a later round pick. Not all of the Jaguars top-30 picks will be drafted in the first round.

Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky, 6-4 7/8, 262, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting pass rusher Josh Allen out of Kentucky. The former Wildcat surprisingly went back to school last year to prove he was worthy of an eventual first round pick, and his 17 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles in 2018 alone put him firmly in top-5 pick talks.

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida, 6-5, 312, testing scores

Jawaan Taylor is a popular mock draft pick for the Jaguars with their seventh overall selection. Following his best season at UF, Taylor enters the 2019 NFL Draft with excellent size and athleticism on tape that make him intriguing. With the Jaguars need at the right side of the offensive line, Taylor would make sense even if the seventh pick is a bit of a reach for his services.

Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington, 6-7 1/8, 317, testing scores

Kaleb McGary does not meet the Jaguars’ length threshold at offensive tackle with 32 7/8 inch arms (they shoot for around 35″ arms), but McGary plays with a mean streak and was a stud at the 2019 Senior Bowl. After starting for over three years at UW, he should be on the board when the Jaguars pick 38th overall in the second round, but won’t be around long after that. He suffers from A-Fib, a heart issue, but has played through that disability since he was a kid and is expected to handle it well at the NFL level.

Brian Fineanganofo, OL, Idaho State, 6-6, 304, testing scores

A name neither you nor I have ever heard of before this report, the Jaguars have met with Brian Fineanganofo, who logged over 30 career starts at Idaho State at offensive tackle. He accepted an invite and played in the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. His size and athletic scores make him an intriguing prospect match for Jacksonville.

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State, 6-5 3/4, 260, testing scores

If you didn’t know who Montez Sweat was before the NFL Combine, you certainly do now after he ran a 4.41 40 yard dash at his size and position – that’s unheard of. Sweat has tallied 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss over the past two seasons at MISS ST., after transferring from Michigan State following a dismissal from the Spartans football team. It was revealed Sweat has a minor heart condition that was found during health tests at the Combine, but it is not believed to make an impact on his football career. Another projected top-10 pick.

Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan, 6-4 3/8, 277, testing scores

Despite a lack of elite college production in three seasons at Michigan, Rashan Gary possesses elite athleticism and the tools that NFL teams drool over in a defensive lineman. He’s projected as a top-10 pick lock at this point, even though he recorded a mere 9.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in 34 games, with 21 starts.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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