Best Players Available for Jaguars in Rounds 2 and 3
Which players are considered the best of the bunch when the Jaguars and the rest of the NFL start Rounds 2 and 3 tonight?
Jacksonville came out of day one with a steal in Kentucky edge rusher and Josh Allen. But there is still a lot of talent the Jaguars can choose from during day two.
Fans of the Black and Teal should be eager to hear these names called out when the Jaguars pick at 38 and 69.
Jawaan Taylor | T | Florida - Many mock drafts had Taylor going to the Jaguars with the seventh pick. Now Taylor finds himself without a team going into day two.
The Jaguars could still pick Taylor at 38 and fill a need at the right tackle position with the departure of Jermey Parnell. Taylor is an impressive run blocker, a perfect fit for the Jaguars’ run-first mentality.
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Dalton Risner | T | Kansas State – Another option for the Jaguars at right tackle, Risner is a strong blocker with sound mechanics and body control. Risner spent some time at center during his time at Kansas State, which could bring some versatility to a team that was riddled with injuries on the offensive line last season.
Cody Ford | G | Oklahoma – Jacksonville might want to take a look at Ford despite resigning A.J. Cann to a three-year deal this offseason. Ford has a rare combination of size and athleticism, which allowed him to play both guard and tackle with the Sooners.
Like Risner, Ford would be versatility to the Jaguars’ offensive line room.
Irv Smith Jr. | TE | Alabama – The Jaguars opted for best available instead of need when they took Allen over Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the seventh pick, which could spur a tight end with this selection.
Smith Jr. is an excellent move blocker who can develop the necessary traits to become a more consistent pass-catching threat. Smith also has an excellent route tree.
D.K. Metcalf | WR | Ole Miss – It was a bit of a surprise when Metcalf wasn’t selected in the first round, which puts Jacksonville in a position to draft the story of the NFL Scouting Combine.
Metcalf is a freakish athlete who would immediately boost the Jaguars’ receiving core, providing quarterback Nick Foles with a downfield target.
Paris Campbell | WR | Ohio State – A maestro from the slot, Campbell is an explosive receiver who would immensely help out the Jaguars’ passing attack. With enough work, Campbell can become a threat on the outside as well.
Also, Campbell is a threat in the kick and punt return game. Campbell can best be defined as a swiss army knife under a John DeFilippo offense.
David Montgomery | RB | Iowa State – With the departure of T.J. Yeldon, Montgomery would be an excellent compliment alongside Leonard Fournette. An instinctive – but patient – running back with a good combination of power and speed, Montgomery would also be able to protect Foles in pass protection situations.
Darrell Henderson | RB | Memphis – Henderson could be the most explosive running back in this years draft class. Quick from the moment the ball hits his hands, Henderson is also a sneaky good finisher who would be adequate in passing situations.
Fournette can be the power and Henderson would be the speed.
Max Scharping | T | Northern Illinois – Scharping isn’t the most polished offensive lineman in this class by any means but provides experience at both tackle positions and right guard. Upper body strength will allow Scharping to not be susceptible to bull rushers but could find it more difficult to guard faster defensive ends.
Deionte Thompson | S | Alabama – Despite being signed to a three-year deal, Jarrod Wilson will be a question mark in the secondary due to inexperience. Thompson is playmaking safety with an instinctive nature.
Pairing him with another Alabama product in Ronnie Harrison would allow for Harrison to play in the box with Thompson up high.