The Jacksonville Jaguars add some beef to their offensive line by adding Division III standout Ben Bartch in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
And finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars addressed their need for help on the offensive line. The team made Ben Bartch their first pick in the fourth round. There is plenty like about a player who is listed as a tackle but could move inside to help with the run game.
While Bartch played for a Division III school at St. John’s (Minn.), it does not mean he can’t handle the rigors of playing against upper-level talent. At 6’6” and 309 pounds, there is plenty of size and strength he possesses to challenge for a starting job on the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line this coming season.
“Converted tight end who has added 75 pounds of good weight since stepping on campus but retained his plus movement.” Lance Zierlein of NFL.com writes about his Combine performance.
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The Jaguars offensive line was a question mark last season as quarterback Gardner Minshew was sacked 33 times in 14 games. The front office said earlier last week they were happy with the work the unit put in last year but looked forward to the second season of the players working with offensive line coach George Warhop. Now, the Jaguars have a few more options with Bartch as he can play multiple positions and provide depth from the start.
“Despite a lack of experience and small-school background, his traits and rapid growth in body and play caught the eye of Senior Bowl evaluators,” Zierlein continued.
“From a skill standpoint, he’s still an undergrad, but on pace for his degree in tackle studies. He’s an enticing left tackle prospect who continues to evolve, but a step up in competition and a need for continued physical development will require patience and could determine whether his final calling is swing tackle or starter.”
There have been plenty of questions about the left side of the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line. Tackle Cam Robinson is still recovering from a torn ACL from two seasons ago. Head coach Doug Marrone reiterated last week he wants to see his fourth-year player perform with another season removed from the injury. Also, the Jaguars need more consistency from Andrew Norwell, who has never lived up the free-agent deal he signed with the team after the 2017 season.
Bartch could challenge Norwell, who should be in his last season in a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform this coming season.