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2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars offensive tackle thresholds?

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This table shows athletic testing updated as of 4/8/2019 -- Demetrius Harvey

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2019 offseason with glaring needs along the right side of the offensive line, as well as some improved depth. After moving on from the oft-injured Jermey Parnell and his $6 million cap figure last month, the Jaguars are in a tight spot regarding what direction they want to take the right tackle position. Although the team may believe in 2018 fourth-round pick Will Richardson, he was not able to compete at all during his rookie season in 2018, and eventually landed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Moving onto the NFL Draft, the Jaguars are very likely to select at least one or more offensive linemen to compete and/or start along the offensive line. Although the Jaguars have selected only six offensive linemen during the Dave Caldwell era, it would behoove them to double down in this area for both starting and depth purposes.

The 2019 NFL Draft class offers a ton of offensive tackles to choose from. However, the question is, what is the Jaguars “type” at offensive tackle, exactly? I broke down the Jaguars offensive line thresholds to figure that out.

Since the Jaguars seemingly do not prioritize the offensive line in the draft, I included the team’s free agent acquisitions and any relevant offensive linemen on the roster over the past six years since Dave Caldwell was named General Manager. I have also included the Buffalo Bills’ offensive tackle draft picks from when current Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone held the same position in Buffalo, with the assumption that his offensive line background and experise weighed heavily on all OL additions with the Bills as well as here in Jacksonville.

For the sake of as much brevity as possible, I will only be focusing on the offensive tackles in this article. Expect a post on interior offensive linemen to follow shortly after this publication.

Here are each of the Jaguars draft picks or relevant free agent acquisitions over the past six seasons:

The variables tracked: Official height, weight, arm length, hand size, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, 20-yard short shuttle, bench press, and how each player was acquired.

Note:
Kelvin Beachum was removed from the tracking table and was listed as an outlier particularly because of his arm-length – measuring a full inch shorter than any other tackle the Jaguars have signed/drafted in the past. His four-year contract option was not picked up after year one – the year Marrone took over as head coach and the offensive tackle “type” became a little more strict.  I assigned Josh Walker the guard role as that position is what he was originally signed to compete at.

The statistics I used to create a scale for the table below are as follows:

MIN = the lowest (or highest, depending on the metric) value an offensive tackle the Jaguars have brought in has achieved.

MAX = the highest (or lowest, depending on the metric) value an offensive tackle the Jaguars have brought in has achieved.

AVERAGE = the average score for each metric by offensive tackles the Jaguars have acquired

STDEV = Standard deviation of the sample set from the mean

%TILE RANGE = the NFL offensive tackle percentile range from the lowest – highest score

Players who are within these numbers in some way for those respective categories will be classified somewhere in a green spectrum. If any player’s category is below the minimum for that specific statistic, then they will be within a red spectrum which means they not as ideal for the Jaguars as they have never* brought in a player that has posted lower scores.

According to the table above, the Jaguars are seemingly very biased towards players who have longer arms. The shortest arm length beside Beachum’s and Walker’s (listed as a guard) is 34.3″, which still ranks in the 56th percentile among NFL offensive tackles dating back to 2000. Therefore, a lot of the players listed in the chart below for the offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft will miss the mark when it comes to arm-length.

*according to the list of players I have examined with appropriate athletic testing scores and measurements.

2019 NFL Draft: Offensive tackle prospects

Using the Jaguars percentile ranges, I was able to determine roughly which metrics they cared about the most. The Jaguars appear to focus more on the size of the player rather than the athletic testing.

If the player has high marks (green) in the size department, but misses the mark a little on the athleticism, they have a greater chance of being high on the Jaguars board, thus placing them in the first tier (perfect match). If they miss the mark a bit (light red) on size, but nail it in the athleticism department, they fall in tier two (near perfect match). If they miss the mark on size completely (dark red), and athleticism they are in tier three (not a match).

Some players on the list are missing information, due to a lack of participation at the NFL Combine and/or their Pro Days. However, I used the information I had at my disposal from a variety of outlets including NFL.com, @MathBomb (relativeathleticscore.com), Mockdraftable.com, and our own Locked On Jaguars sources.

NOTE: Simply because a player is in tier three (not a match) does not mean the Jaguars will not pick the player. These rankings are strictly based on their athletic profiles, and the Jaguars could very well value a player’s talent more than they value their ideal fit athletically. This list also does not contain every single offensive tackle prospect, however, it does contain every offensive tackle prospect to participate the NFL Combine and a multiple others.

The tiers below are organized based strictly on their athletic testing numbers compared to the Jaguars scales I listed above:

TIER 1 (Perfect match)

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Taylor is a highly sought-after prospect, and for good reason. He checks off every size requirement (6050, 312 pounds, and 35.13″ arms), and played well enough in 2018 to earn first round grades from most draft analysts. Zach Goodall of Locked On Jaguars will be posting his own official scouting report on Taylor tomorrow, April 10th.

Taylor is almost the consensus mock prospect for the Jaguars amongst NFL Draft communities, and there would be no shock if he were to be their pick at No. 7. During his time at Florida, he earned 2nd team All-SEC honors from Athlon Sports and garnered Freshman All-American honors by multiple outlets. Goodall recently sat down with the prospect to discuss his draft process and time at the University of Florida. The Jaguars hosted Taylor for a top 30 visit recently.

William Sweet, OT, North Carolina: Sweet is an interesting prospect due to not only his size (6060, 313 pounds, and 34.38″ arms) but also his ties to Jacksonville. Sweet is a local player from First Coast High School who went on to be a 4-star prospect, landing with the University of North Carolina. While at UNC, Sweet earned high marks as the offensive line unit accumulated a low .91 sacks per game, ranking 2nd in the ACC. He also posted 71 knockdowns in nine games. Although he is mainly a left tackle, the Jaguars may want to keep an eye on him for depth purposes.

Greg Little, OT, Mississippi: Little (6052, 310 pounds, and 35.25″ arms) earned 2018 2nd-Team All American honors from multiple outlets, 2018 All-SEC First Team honors from the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, and many more accolades. Little is probably one of the least talked about offensive tackles in this draft, yet his career atc  Ole Miss deserves high praise. Although he is likely to go in late round one, and is another player who started on the left side primarily, who could fall into the Jaguars laps during round two.

Matt Kauffman, OT, Towson: Kauffman is a little known prospect out of Towson who could pique the Jaguars interest. The Jaguars are always on the hunt for smaller school players who may not have gotten enough exposure. Especially a player of Kauffman’s size (6060, 310 pounds, and 35.38″ arms). A source told Locked On Jaguars that Jaguars scout Chris Snee – the son-in-law of Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin – attended Kauffman’s Pro Day and met with Kauffman’s representation following his drills.

Oli Udoh, OT, Elon: Coined the “Jermey Parnell clone” by Zach Goodall, Udoh certainly lives up to the size (6054, 323 pounds, and 35.38″ arms). Another small school prospect who found his way to the senior bowl this offseason. Udoh took advantage of that opportunity and piqued the interest of many scouts in attendance, and possibly even the Jaguars. Goodall recently sat down with Udoh on the Locked On Jaguars podcast. It is well worth the listen.

Other Tier 1 prospects: Donnell Greene, Isaiah Prince, Joshua Miles, Martez Ivey

TIER 2 (Near perfect match)

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State: Risner is a favorite prospect of ours here at Locked On Jaguars, and for good reason. Risner is an absolute mauler on the offensive line and in the run game, with positional versatility. Although he has a bit to improve upon regarding his pass protection, Risner nearly fits the Jaguars size profile (6045, 312 pounds, 34″ arms), and earned 2018 First Team All American honors. Risner is another player Goodall had the pleasure of talking with.

Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State: Howard is another small-school Senior Bowl player who might find himself being drafted higher than some expect. Howard is a mammoth of a man (6050, 322 pounds, and 34″ arms), and has plenty of potentials to improve and eventually become a starting tackle in the NFL despite coming from an FCS program.

Michael Jordan, OL, Ohio State: Jordan barely missed the mark with 34.5″ arms. His 6057, 327-pound frame is plenty of reason to get excited about, though. Jordan earned First-Team All-American honors from multiple outlets and played and started in all 41 of his games at Ohio State. Jordan played center at Ohio State this past season, but did not appear as comfortable there as he has in the past at guard and yet has a great size profile to play tackle, so his transition to the NFL will be interesting to monitor.

And no, he isn’t to be confused with, or related to, *that* Michael Jordan.

Other Tier 2 Prospects: Devon Johnson, Jackson Barton, Brandon Hitner, Mitch Hyatt, Ryan Pope, Trey Pipkins, Tyler Roemer, Tyree St. Louis, Yosh Nijman

Incomplete: Yodny Cajuste

TIER 3 (Not a match)

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: Here we go. Jonah Williams is probably the best offensive tackle prospect out of anyone on this list, yet he is here in tier three. Unfortunately, his size (6044, 302 pounds, and 33.63″ arms) simply does not match up at all with what the Jaguars look for in an offensive tackle. However, the Jaguars absolutely could still take him with the seventh overall pick based on talent alone.

If there is one player in this draft class where you should surrender most of your athletic/analytical thought to in return for pure film dominance and experience, it is Williams. Williams initially started at right tackle during his freshman year at Alabama, as Jaguars offensive lineman Cam Robinson was starting at the left tackle position. After Robinson left for the NFL, Williams moved to the left side for his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Williams has earned high honors in all three seasons he played at Alabama, including being an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award finalist.

If the Jaguars want to go completely against the grain, you can bet Williams would be why. Although there is a possibility of Williams switching to guard as some outlets have predicted, I believe he will still make an excellent tackle in the NFL for years to come.

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: Another player who probably goes very high in the draft, yet does not fit what the Jaguars are looking for. Although he has the height (6050), and weight (315), he simply does not have probably their most important physical trait – arm length (33.50″ arms). Dillard is a great pass-protecting prospect by all accounts, and very likely will be going within the top 20 picks this spring.

Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington: The trend continues with Kaleb McGary, as he too will likely be selected somewhere in the early range of the draft. But due to his length, he does not fit what the Jaguars look for. 32.88″ arms simply do not cut it as the Jaguars have never drafted or signed a player specifically to play tackle with that length. McGary did complete a top 30 visit with the Jaguars recently, however, so it’s safe to wonder if they envision him as a guard in their offense.

Cody Ford, OT, Clemson: Ford is likely to enter the NFL as a guard, likely due to his height (6036). Although his arm length is not too bad (34″) compared to the Jaguars’ standards, his height will absolutely be the reason why they would pass on the prospect.

Other Tier 3 prospects: Andre James, Bobby Evans, Brandon Knight, Calvin Anderson, Chuma Edoga, David Edwards, Dennis Daley, Derwin Gray, Dru Samia, Ethan Greenidge, Iosua Opeta, Max Sharping, Paul Adams, Ryan Bates, Tyler Jones, Zack Bailey

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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