Jacksonville Jaguars select safety Ronnie Harrison in the third round of 2018 NFL draft

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Ronnie Harrison
AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Ronnie Harrison /

The Jacksonville Jaguars finish day two of the NFL draft by adding another reinforcement on defense.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not exactly followed the script expected of them thus far in the 2018 NFL draft. While many felt the Jaguars would go offensive heavy in the early rounds of the draft, that has certainly not been the case after day two.

Two of the first three draftees for Jacksonville have been defensive players, with wide receiver D.J. Chark the deviation in round two. After taking a defensive tackle in round one, the Jaguars have used their third round selection, pick number 93 overall, to reel in safety Ronnie Harrison out of Alabama.

Harrison is a great example of both size and speed at the back end of the defense, and holds his own well in coverage. Harrison is also comfortable playing both safety roles.

Honestly, it is a surprise that Harrison had fallen all the way to the 93rd selection given his sheer talent, and the reasoning as to why the slide occurred is unclear. This is an impressive value pick for the Jaguars, and surly one that the front office just couldn’t pass up.

While some fans may be weary of the team using two picks in the first three rounds to build on an already monstrous defense, the rationale in the grand scheme is hard to argue against. The team is making moves to keep the defense strong longer than just the near future. While set up to be a backup in 2018, Ronnie Harrison could, and probably will, slide into a starting safety spot for the Jaguars in 2019, replacing either Barry Church or Tashaun Gipson.