Jacksonville Jaguars: Grading 2021 draft class ahead of regular season

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Here are the Jacksonville Jaguars’ late-round picks in 2021.

6. Jay Tufele, DT, 106th overall, fourth round.

The Jaguars can afford to groom defensive tackle Jay Tufele with DaVon Hamilton and Malcom Brown set to start in 2021. The USC product played a total of 55 preseason snaps and posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 60.3.

Tufele will be part of the Jaguars’ defensive line rotation early in the season and should see his playing time increase as the season goes on.

Grade: C

7. Jordan Smith, EDGE, 121st pick, fourth round.

Jordan Smith is another developmental prospect the Jaguars can bring along slowly. The AUB product will backup EDGE defender Josh Allen. Smith got a lot of preseason work, playing in all three games and appearing in 103 snaps. He could be a situation pass rusher in 2021. He popped up on the injury report ahead of Week 1 and is questionable to play.

Grade: C+

8. Luke Farrell, TE, 145th, fifth round.

Luke Farrell is currently at the bottom of the tight end depth chart. That’s not necessarily a bad pick. He doesn’t possess elite physical traits but displayed soft hands in the summer. He was underutilized at Ohio State and it may take him a bit to make the transition from college to the pros. While he might not get much playing time as a rookie, expect him to have an increased role in 2021.

Grade: C-

9. Jalen Camp, WR, 209th pick, sixth round.

Wide receiver Jalen Camp was the only 2021 draft pick that didn’t make the Jaguars’ roster. It was telling that they didn’t sign him to the practice squad and instead kept Jeff Cotton and Laquon Treadwell. Camp struggled with drops in training camp and looked like a long shot to make the team due to the depth the Jags had at wide receiver. The former Yellow Jacket landed on the Houston Texans practice squad after being waived.

Grade: F

The Jaguars would be smart to extend these 3 players. dark. Next