Friend of LockedOnJaguars.com Riley Auman of the Tampa Bay Times attended the East-West Shrine Game this past weekend to cover the annual college all-star game, and wrote of seven prospects who’s stocks are on the uptick after a solid week at the St. Petersburg prospect game for us.
This week in St. Petersburg, the some of the best college prospects from around the country competed in the East-West Shrine Game to practice for NFL scouts. While the Reese’s Senior Bowl usually ends up with the cream of the crop of upperclassmen, plenty of players from the Shrine Game every year make an early impact in the NFL—last year, Phillip Lindsay went on to finish ninth in the league in rushing with the Denver Broncos. Let’s dive into some guys who improved their stock this week.
Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M (6’1” 325)
As a former five-star recruit, Mack isn’t the type you would expect to see at the Shrine Game, but he was a treat to watch all week. After struggling to develop pass rush moves in his first three years in College Station, a coaching change to Jimbo Fisher in his senior season proved to be exactly what Mack needed, as he totaled 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a rotational piece of the Aggies. Mack dominated in 1v1 drills all week, winning nearly all his reps against offensive linemen and showing a lot of violent hand usage to boot. He was one of the players from the event every year who earns a call-up to the Senior Bowl and will look to continue to impress scouts there next week.
Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska (5’11” 219)
Ozigbo was one of the players I was most excited to see this week in practice and he did not disappoint at all. After a senior season breakout with Scott Frost in which he ran for upwards of a thousand yards and 12 touchdowns, he arrived in St. Petersburg as one of the most highly-regarded players in attendance. All week throughout practice, Ozigbo showed off an explosiveness in his cuts and flashed a nice receiving ability in drills. He makes a ton of sense at the next level as a scat back and a player who might slip through the cracks to Day 3 in the draft and be a great value pick for a team.
Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas (6’3” 290)
Wise was the most dominant player I saw in practices after having the most questions about him entering the week as a defender coming from the adjusted play style of the Big 12. He showed off a quickness and motor that not many other players matched this week and created a ton of positive buzz around his name for NFL scouts. Teams will likely look at Wise as a three-technique in the league (although he played in a variety of spots for the Jayhawks) and he has a chance to follow the likes of P.J. Hall (Raiders), Deadrin Senat (Falcons), and Poona Ford (Seahawks) as interior defensive linemen who have gone high or made an early impact in the NFL coming from the Shrine Game.
BJ Blunt, LB, McNeese State (6’0″, 203)
Blunt was a guy who wasn’t on my radar at all going into the week, but he sure made made a name for himself in practices. Blunt’s motor is on for every rep and he has rang in coverage to cover ground when needed. Despite his subpar size at 203 pounds, Blunt makes a lot of sense for today’s NFL as a dime defender (he was a safety at JUCO before he arrived at McNeese) and can work through contact to make plays in the backfield. In the game saturday, Blunt made plenty of plays, including a diving interception. He’s a ton of fun to watch and after every play he daps up the closest defender to him, the kind of player any football team should want. Next up for him is getting an NFL Combine invite so he can get attention from other teams.
Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia (5’11”, 168)
Godwin was a part of a talented offensive unit with the Bulldogs and his production took a hit as a result, but he showed off a good ability in practice throughout the week to catch the ball in traffic and accelerate afterwards to get yards after the catch. In the game, Godwin made the most of DaMarkus Lodge and KeeSean Johnson sitting out and caught two touchdowns for the East team. Despite below average size, he has a knack for getting open down the field and should be a Day 3 target for teams moving forward.
Olisaemeka Udoh, OT, Elon (6’5″, 337)
Coming in from a small school, Udoh showed off his arm length and power in 1v1 reps all week and earned the call up to the Senior Bowl after Yodny Cajuste pulled out of the event. While still plenty raw, Udoh is now firmly on the radar as a developmental candidate for NFL teams and will have a chance to continue to show off his talent against greater competition in Mobile next week.
KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State (6’1″, 196)
Although he has no relation to the former NFL star, Johnson entered the week following 1,000 yard seasons with the Bulldogs in his junior and senior seasons and a chance to prove himself against better competition. He certainly did that, winning nearly all of his plays 1v1 against cornerbacks and showing off quick footwork to create separation at the line of scrimmage and make plays downfield, along with reliable hands not prone to drops. He sat out of the game on Saturday with nothing else to prove and can continue to improve his draft status moving forward at the NFL Combine.
2019 Jaguars NFL Draft Profile: Florida right tackle Jawaan Taylor
It’s time to break down the most popular mock draft candidate that the Jaguars have had during the 2019 NFL offseason: University of Florida right tackle Jawaan Taylor.
I’m going to be brutally honest here. While I understand all of the dot-connecting between Taylor and the Jaguars, and while I do believe Taylor is going to be a solid NFL right tackle… well, I think that’s what he’s going to be. A solid NFL right tackle.
And I don’t love the value of only a “solid” player, at any position, much less right tackle which I do value slightly less than left tackles, in the top 10 picks of the draft. If Taylor fell to the Jaguars 2nd round pick, I’d sprint to the podium for him. Hell, if Jacksonville was selecting in the back half of the 1st round I’d be content with a Taylor selection. But top 10? That’s where I begin to have some doubt when it comes to his value.
Anyways, let’s get to the scouting report.
Taylor, a three-year starter for the Gators, measured in at 6-5, 312 lbs with 35 1/8″ arms and 10″ hands at the NFL Combine. According to the Jaguars size thresholds at offensive tackle, Jawaan Taylor is a perfect fit.
His weigh-in at 312 lbs is remarkable considering his story. To start, he was listed at 328 lbs just this past season on the Florida Gators official roster. He lost 16 lbs for the NFL Combine alone.
In high school, he weighed as much as 384 lbs due to poor dietary habits, but with a potential Florida offer on the table so long as he slimmed down during his senior year at Cocoa High School, Taylor fully committed to shedding as much weight as possible to get in tip-top athletic shape. That season, he lost 50 lbs. That November, an offer from UF was in his hands.
This type of motivation is extraordinary and gives you an idea as to what kind of worker Taylor is, but is also something to keep in mind. I’d never assume Taylor would allow himself to put on that kind of weight given his effort and success to lose it, but you better believe NFL teams have asked him about it in private meetings. Front office members and scouts do “nitty-gritty” research into the full background of each and every player they scout. While I’ve never been in the room for a player interview, I’ve seen some prep work scouts do for interviews first hand. It’s… extensive.
The strength of Jawaan Taylor’s game is inarguably his run blocking. There are some minor concerns to be had with the technical aspects of his run blocking ability, but all-in-all this is where Taylor should make his money.
There are concerns to be had with Taylor’s lower body and core strength to be had in pass protection that I’ll go over later, but his technique in run blocking starts in his hands and upper body. He gets hands inside and instantly gains leverage with lower pad level, which knocks the defender off track and immediately drives through his feet to wash the defender out of the play entirely.
These same strengths can be seen in combo blocking in the run game, and his quick mental processing is a bonus that is repeatedly seen throughout his tape. A quick pop to the 4i-technique defensive end to add leverage in the guard’s block, and quickly identifying the pursuit-linebacker coming across the formation vs. the Wildcat play. Taylor gets off the lineman and meets the LB before he can enter the rush lane.
Taylor has a great sense of how to direct his blocks, which is an indicator of his mental processing that he flashed numerous times during my three-game evaluation. Here he quickly gets his inside foot to the open gap from the guard shooting to the second level in order to prevent a gap-shoot and immediately follows with a punch to the defensive ends chest and directing his back towards the sidelines while the counter develops. With this quick, initial leverage, meshed with upper-body strength and feet that are constantly chopping, Taylor totally controls the direction of the block and creates a wide-open hole and let the RB find daylight.
With the left tackle pulling across the line through the right side B-gap to create this counter, Taylor kicks the head-up defensive end way outside of the box and maintains steady contact and leverage in order for the pull to fully commence and lead block the running back down the field. This is something you wish to see more when Taylor kicks ends out of the play – maintaining the block and leverage in case the interior can’t sustain through the RB crossing the LOS, but this is a great example of it all working out. The play below, however, displays that this can sometimes be an inconsistency of Taylor’s…
Leverage and balance issues
Taylor lands a really great initial punch here, but the iOL can’t hold up to it’s end of the bargain to let the run play reach it’s potential as the RB is meant to cut up towards the B-gap. Is that Taylor’s fault? Absolutely not. However, Taylor immediately getting pushed back into the run play – before the RB would have even crossed the LOS if the play ran smoothly – is a bit of a concern to me when we’re discussing a right tackle as a top-10 prospect. Leverage is a huge part of an offensive lineman’s evaluation, and when a prospect is being considered a top-10 pick, it’s okay to be a bit nit-picky at what truly could be something that needs further development.
Working inside, Taylor gets cross-chopped by the head-up defensive end and thrown off balance out of the play. If the tight end wasn’t there to clean up for Taylor getting knocked off of his block immediately, the running back gets swallowed up for a loss here.
More of the same here, Taylor shoots slightly inside to the 4i-technique defensive end and gets popped vertical as both he and the DE lock out their arms. The DE’s lower pad level and center of gravity generate enough power to pull Taylor out of his stance and away from the developing block before the pulling left guard gets through the gap to clear space. The DE who washed Taylor out of the play is in on the tackle for loss and the run play is unsuccessful.
I think Taylor’s athletic ability will allow him to grow as a run-blocker in space, but seeing him get knocked out of his stance – and in this clip, into the dirt – when adjusting to an interior defender moving outside gives me pause. I hate seeing offensive linemen on the ground, unless there’s a defensive player squashed in between the offensive lineman and the grass. And if this is happening vs. college defensive linemen, Taylor will have some technical work to do to ensure it doesn’t happen vs. bigger, strong NFL defenders.
We really start to see the athlete Taylor is at his size in pass protection when he begins to work on an island, as well as where his body strength comes from. His feet are quick and choppy, which makes him excellent at mirroring pass rush counters and defensive ends trying to get wide. Here, he’s tasked with doing just that against one of the best pass rushers in football last year and first round draft prospect Brian Burns.
Burns possesses elite quickness and explosion traits as seen in his athletic testing scores, and he’s incredibly bendy – this was not an easy matchip for Taylor to mirror, and he did it just fine with nimble steps. My issue with this play comes at first contact though, as Burns played at 235 lbs compared to Taylor at 328, yet Burns knocks Taylor off of his feet at first contact. Taylor recovers when his feet meet the ground and anchors with hands inside to redirect Burns, but this is where I begin to worry about Taylor’s core/lower body strength compared to his superior upper body strength.
Again, Burns gets Taylor up and off of his feet through Taylor’s pass set and forces him to recover with no initial leverage – with a one-arm bar move, much less. Taylor needs to get his hands up sooner to prevent this with his and not allow the rush to come to him so easily. He’s got the size and athleticism to beat this, but needs to improve on his leverage and initiate with more core power to stone-wall pass rushers. However, these are teachable issues. It knocks Taylor’s worth to me as it makes him a less “safe” offensive line prospect out of the gate, but I do believe he can improve in these areas with solid coaching.
A huge part of scouting offensive linemen is understanding where they’re at in terms of mental processing, and Taylor gets an A+ here. In my three games of watching him, I never saw Taylor blow an assignment, he always had an eye out for diagnosing blitzes pre-snap and alerting the rest of the line when he picked one up, and he handled pass rush stunts with ease.
His process handling stunts are seen in the two plays above, and they’re super smooth. Taylor keeps his eyes even with the two defenders that he splits in his pre-snap position, and keeps his feet both moving and balanced without dedicating himself to one rusher in order to seamlessly transition from blocking one to the next. If he were to over-pursue the outside rusher, the inside rusher would manuever to the outside and use Taylor’s initial responsibility to bend around and create a pressure, but Taylor’s patience to let the stunt develop chalks him up with a win on both reps. This maturity as a blocker is fantastic to see out of an ascending draft prospect.
Taylor diagnoses the defensive back-blitz and sends out an alert pre-snap, and proceeds to stay in front of the defensive end working outside in order to let the right guard work his way out – all while getting deep enough to eliminate the defensive back from making any impact. If there’s one thing to be said about Jawaan Taylor, it’s that he’s a smart football player.
Against the often projected top-5 pick Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen, Taylor once again shows off excellent mirroring skills through the pass rush counter. While he needs to get his hands up quicker to consistently beat counters in the NFL, he finds a way to get his hands inside through the counter as Allen attempts to convert speed-to-power, and shuts down the rush for the QB to get the ball out.
All in all, Taylor’s lack of lower and core body strength is currently an issue for him as he tries to generate power and leverage through his pass blocking anchors, but his mental awareness and swift mobility on an island – with tape proving so against elite talents – are really impressive, and provide enough intrigue for teams to want to develop him.
Pro Football Focus had Taylor marked down for 12 penalties in 2018, nearly one penalty a game. On top of that, there were multiple no-calls for false starts on Taylor where he got overly jumpy before the ball would snap. I even counted three early jumps that went un-called vs Kentucky in the first quarter alone.
Taylor needs to gain some discipline about his pre-snap jumping, or else it will hurt his team in key situations… just like it did on 3rd and 10, down by 12 points with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter against Georgia this past season. The Gators proceeded to punt on 4th down.
While I just attested to Taylor’s mental awareness as a blocker above, his penalty issues are major and he will need to focus on fixing immediately as he transitions into an NFL offensive lineman.
Pros and Cons
- Great size for the position that meets the Jaguars thresholds perfectly
- Moves really, really well at his size. Most evident on kick slides and mirroring in pass protecion
- Mirroring edge rushers is one of his best attributes
- Upper body strength is apparent, utilizes it well when down-blocking to win in the run game
- Constantly chopping feet to drive out run blocks
- Mental processing is elite for college prospect
- Three year starter
- Motivated player, lost 50 lbs in one season to earn scholarship
- Held his own consistently vs. top SEC competition and high caliber pass rushers
- Lower/core strength far less utilized, which makes pass blocking anchor inconsistent
- Technique to gain leverage needs improvement, specifically in space
- Loses balance vs. interior defenders working outside
- Slow to get hands up in 1v1’s, which only hurts ability to gain leverage
- Significant penalty issues, both called and uncalled
- Only one “good” season despite starting three straight
- Held out of Combine due to hamstring injury, didn’t participate in Pro Day drills a month later
I understand the hype surrounding Jawaan Taylor. In one season under a new coaching staff, Taylor became a bright spot in the Florida Gators offense and shot himself up draft boards. His ability as a run blocker, athleticism in pass protection football intelligence will make him at least a solid starting NFL right tackle, and he has technical issues and a knack for drawing penalties and being too jumpy before the snap that should give teams some pause before rushing to draft him.
All in all, while I think Taylor is going to be a solid player, I don’t love his value as a top 10 pick. Right tackle is a slightly less valuable position than it’s counterpart at left tackle, and if I was a GM I would prefer my top-10 right tackle to be a slam-dunk pick. Taylor just isn’t there yet as a prospect.
Jacksonville undoubtedly needs help on the offensive line, and quite frankly their entire offense as a whole, more than they need any positional upgrade on defense. Considering that, I’d prefer Taylor over a defensive lineman at 7th overall. But there are several other offensive players I’d take in a heartbeat over Taylor with the 7th pick. T.J. Hockenson, Jonah Williams, D.K. Metcalf, Noah Fant…
You’re getting a solid player in Jawaan Taylor. Just, that’s really about it.
2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars offensive tackle thresholds?
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.
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
2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars wide receiver thresholds?
With the departure of Donte Moncrief and Marqise Lee not expected to return until late preseason, the Jaguars are currently expected to have four wide receivers on their roster that caught a pass in the regular season last year. Not a great spot to be in if you want to help out your new quarterback Nick Foles.
Although history isn’t extensive at the position, the Jaguars have prioritized size and explosiveness at WR, drafting only one player under 5’11”: Ace Sanders, a return specialist, on Day 3. Additionally, the Jaguars have only drafted one player that jumped under 34.5″ inches in the vertical jump – Sanders.
Tier 1: Highest athletic threshold match
D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
While a freakish straight-line athlete, Metcalf’s stiff hips limit him to being a primarily deep ball receiver. Although Nick Foles excels at throwing down the field, you would like to think with how thin the WR room is that the Jaguars would like a more well-rounded player.
Parris Campbell, Ohio State
Even though he has tremendous speed, Campbell was primarily used on screens and mesh routes at Ohio State. If the Jaguars want to use Dede Westbrook in a more diverse manner, then Campbell could easily take over the role he held last season if the team sees need.
Gary Jennings Jr., West Virginia
If you look up the definition of “strong hands” in a football dictionary, a photo of Gary Jennings Jr. would show up. The big-bodied wideout has had a strong draft process seeing his stock rise after testing well at the combine. According to PFF, Jennings leads the 2019 class of wide receivers in contested catch percentage at 54%.
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Lacking a true jump ball player out wide, Hakeem Butler would be the perfect fit for the Jaguars young core. There may lie some concern with Butler, in him being such a late bloomer, but once you see his measurables, athletic testing and what he consistently does to smaller defensive backs those concerns quickly dissipate.
Tier 2: Above average athletic threshold match
David Sills V, West Virginia
A former headline maker as a young teenager after Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship to play quarterback at age 13, Sills grew to be a master at scoring in the red zone rather at wide receiver than his aforementioned position. Sills, even though everyone watching knew where the ball was going, still tallied 18 total touchdowns in his final season in Morgantown.
AJ Brown, Ole Miss
A running back playing receiver is the best way to describe how Brown not only looks but plays. Brown is a very talented yards after catch player but wasn’t able to showcase it as often as one would like do to either poor quarterback play or poor playcalling.
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Much like Brown, Samuel has a very sturdy for his position making him hard to tackle in the open field. Unlike Brown though, Samuel had ample opportunities to showcase his speed and power. Not to mention Samuel is an adept route runner. If you miss out on Brown in the draft, Samuel would very much be a player you could take later and feel comfortable that you are getting a similar player.
Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
Arguably the fastest on-field players in this draft, McLaurin isn’t just a one trick pony. He has a very sound route-running skillset in his repertoire.
Diving into #OhioState WR Terry McLaurin film. Skeptical on footwork stuff at LOS/short route breaks, but this is sharp and smart. Inside move is precise, sinks into zone after DB points hips to sideline = wide open. Haskins picks up on bottom curl opening pre-snap though. pic.twitter.com/FPHBBpqggY
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 29, 2019
Tier 3: Not a fit athletically
Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Though Harmon has some things you could fall in love with on film, like his jump ball skills and route running, Harmon simply didn’t test as well as expected which will likely not only hurt his draft stock but his standing with the Jaguars.
Tyre Brady, Marshall
Brady attains a plus contested catch skillset, but he could make his life much easier if he was a better route runner and a better athlete.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas
Although he has the size and jump ball abilities you like in a downfield receiver, Humphrey’s 40-time simply won’t cut it in the NFL.
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