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Jaguars Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Jaguars, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

How loaded is that Jags defense? It already had six Pro Bowlers in 2018. Now it has one of the biggest physical freaks in the entire draft with tackle Taven Bryan, whose talent didn’t match his college production. If defensive coordinator Todd Wash can get Bryan close to his ceiling, he could be a steal at pick 29. Jacksonville could move on from Malik Jackson next offseason, and Bryan might be the ready-made replacement.

I liked the pick of safety Ronnie Harrison at 93, and safety is the one spot where this defense isn’t really young and fast. He has been underrated throughout his career, playing on a dominant defense with tons of NFL talent. But he’s physical, and he’ll help in the box. The question was true speed, because we never saw an official 40 time throughout the pre-draft process. Wide receiver D.J. Chark (61) is the best deep threat in this class, but his tape was inconsistent. Was that because of poor quarterback play at LSU? Either way, he could help replace Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. I like outside linebacker Leon Jacobs in the seventh round. He ran a 4.48 40 at the combine at 246 pounds.

I thought Jacksonville should have addressed tight end early, but maybe the staff believes in Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ ability as a blocker more than I do. If this is a team built around the running game, they could have used an upgrade on the edge. All in all, though, this is a terrific haul.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/29 Taven Bryan DT FLORIDA
2/61 D.J. Chark WR LSU
3/93 Ronnie Harrison S ALABAMA
4/129 Will Richardson OT NC STATE
6/203 Tanner Lee QB NEBRASKA
7/230 Leon Jacobs OLB WISCONSIN

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