Where do the Jacksonville Jaguars stand now that the NFL Draft is over? Elliot Harrison of NFL.com says the team is improved after past weekend’s success.
It’s the first time I have seen a report regarding the Jaguars draft picks from this past weekend and saw the word “sneaky” attached to their analysis. That’s what Elliot Harrison of NFL.com said when evaluating the team from North Florida and ranking them in a new poll post-draft by the website.
The Jaguars moved up two spots and are now 19th on the list. Just a note, they are still the last of the four teams in the AFC South with Indianapolis firmly sitting in the top five, as Harrison wrote.
"“Sneaky draft for the Jags, who are set to wage war on the rest of the AFC South after a one-year hiatus from competitiveness (at least, we think it was merely a hiatus).Pulling off the double-dip of landing two players carrying first-round grades — DE Josh Allen (No. 7 overall) and OT Jawaan Taylor (No. 35 overall) — without having to actually use two first-round picks was, if not sneaky, definitely slick,” Harrison said."
After reading those comments after hearing Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell talk about how they were pleased with how the selection process came to be, you get the sense there will be plenty of hype heading into OTAs and mandatory minicamp in the coming months.
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Every position of need was addressed by the Jaguars except for safety, which was something Coughlin spoke about at the team’s Pre-Draft Luncheon when I asked him about the depth on the current roster.
The tight end position was believed to be one of the areas first addressed by Jacksonville by most analysts, but the team waited until the third round to make a selection.
"“Boy, if Josh Oliver (No. 69 overall) provides some pop in the air game from the tight end position, then the Jags not only fixed weaknesses but did it without betraying a classic best player available approach,” Harrison added."
As a side note, the Jaguars have announced Allen will wear his college number, 41, in the pros. Taylor will wear No. 75.
The Jaguars at one point last season (yes, I know it seems like a decade ago) were ranked first overall in the NFL by several sites after beating the New England Patriots 31-20 at TIAA Bank Field in the second week of the NFL season. That win was the high point of the 2018 campaign for this team.