Jaguars Draft 2019: Tackle remains the choice of the national media
By David Levin
Since the Jacksonville Jaguars have found a veteran quarterback to lead the offense, the focus of the NFL Draft by the national media remains at tackle.
As the NFL Draft draws closer and the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to remain tight-lipped about which direction the franchise will go in the first round, the growing sentiment of the national media remains that the organization will draft a tackle in the first round.
If he is available with the seventh pick, the general thought is the Jaguars will select Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor. It was the top conversation of the most recent Mock Draft Tracker on Jaguars.com this week.
"“The most popular selection for the Jaguars at No. 7 overall remains Jawaan Taylor, an offensive tackle from the University of Florida who many analysts believe could be a right tackle in the NFL – and who many analysts also believe could be the first offensive lineman selected in the ’19 draft,” John Oehser writes."
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It appears that Taylor has emerged as the top lineman prospect in this Draft class. While there are others who could fall into this spot, his ability to play right tackle and can play inside at guard makes him an even more attractive pick for the team, who return four of five starters on the offensive line.
"“After their disastrous 2018, the Jaguars added a new quarterback in Nick Foles, and now they add a ton of attitude with a road-grading right tackle who can protect the QB and open holes in the running game,” NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote of Taylor."
Pete Prisco fo CBS Sports also believes the front office will draft Taylor to take over where Jermey Parnell started last season, according to Oehser’s story. The franchise did add Cedric Ogbuehi in free agency, but Taylor’s size and strength could move the veteran tackle to a backup role.
Brad Weiss of FanSided.com agrees the team will draft a tackle with their first pick, but he mocks Alabama’s Jonah Williams at the seventh spot.
"“When it comes to this draft class, Jonah Williams is a guy who could come in and start right away at the NFL level, and could fill a starting role as both a guard, and a tackle,” Weiss writes.“During his time at Alabama, Williams established himself as the premier offensive tackle in the SEC, which is an accomplishment on its own. He would be a welcome addition to this Jaguars offensive line, and based on the talent on both sides of the ball, the Jags should be very much in the running in a tight AFC South in 2019.”"
The team could also look at lineman Cody Ford of Oklahoma or potentially seek an tackle or guard in the second round with the 38th pick, overall.