The Jacksonville Jaguars end the NFL Draft the same way it started – by choosing a cornerback in the seventh round.
Officially, the Jaguars have 12 new rookies added to their roster with the hope the front office made the right moves to turn this franchise around after two dismal seasons. The selection of Claybrooks, who stands 5’9” and 177 pounds is telling as he was the fourth defensive back the team drafted over the three-day period.
The Jaguars identified their needs early as the team took Florida’s C.J. Henderson with the ninth overall selection and followed it up with pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU. This was a defensive draft – which also leads us all to believe the front office duo of general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone believe the offense is in better shape right now.
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That has not always been the case.
Claybrooks should also help the Jaguars in the return game as well as adding depth to the backline. Based on what Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote, his best chance to see the field will be through his work on special teams.
“He moved from receiver to cornerback out of junior college, but a foot injury caused him to miss a chunk of action to begin the 2019 campaign, so his schooling at his new position is still way behind… He has a background at receiver and is a talented kick returner, which opens the door of opportunity a little more for him, but he’s still such a raw prospect,” he wrote.
It’s surprising but the Jacksonville Jaguars used all 12 of their draft picks throughout the 72-hour process. Caldwell talked last week about using the draft capital the team had to move up and down the draft board, but the Jaguars stood still and let the board come to them each day.
The Jaguars addressed every position unit on the roster with the exception of running back. The talk of a potential trade involving Leonard Fournette never materialized as the Jaguars’ front office did have discussions with teams during the draft process. Also, no deal was made involving defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was reached. The disgruntled pass rusher could remain in Jacksonville this coming season due to a lack of offers from other organizations.
Should that happen, the Jacksonville Jaguars will pay him the franchise tag tender of $17.8M for 2020.