Jacksonville Jaguars draft: 4 prospects to watch in Rose Bowl
The Jacksonville Jaguars need someone to wreak havoc in the trenches.
The Jaguars currently rank near the bottom in most defensive categories. In fact, they are dead last in yards allowed and 31st in points. They are also 30th in sacks and have surrendered 535 yards in the last three games alone. Their defensive line’s inability to stop the run and generate pressure upfront has surely played a factor, and while some of the problems may fall on the coaching staff, the unit would surely welcome an infusion of talent.
Former first-round defensive tackle Taven Bryan has been benched in favor of undrafted free agent Doug Costin, who was played surprisingly well since he joined the starting lineup in Week 7. Fellow rookie DaVon Hamilton also showed flashes of progress, but a knee injury put an end to his 2020 season.
Even if both Costin and Hamiton are part of the Jaguars’ long-term plans, they still need to add more talent at the position as neither defensive tackle has been able to pressure opposing quarterbacks on a consistent basis. They have certainly surpassed expectations in 2020 but more is needed from the front four.
Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore is projected to be a second-round pick and will have a chance to impress scouts in the Rose Bowl. In nine games this season, he registered 27 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three forced fumbles. Moreover, he capped a successful 2020 season with First-Team All-SEC honors.