Jaguars mock draft: 3rd round, 65th overall pick – Dylan Parham, IOL
The Jaguars still need to boost their offensive line’s interior, and Dylan Parham is a reasonable addition in the third round with the 65th pick. The team finds itself in an interesting position following Brandon Linder’s retirement. While Tyler Shatley figures to be the immediate starter at center, Parham (a left and right guard for Memphis) could eventually fill that void, playing as a swing offensive lineman in the meantime.
At the combine last month, Parham had a solid performance, posting a 4.93 time in his 40-yard dash, a 108-inch broad jump, and a 26.50-inch vertical jump. In addition, he recorded 25 reps on the bench press at his Pro Day. At six-foot-three and 313 pounds, Parham is too undersized to be a tackle and could even be a small guard, leaving center as his optimal NFL position.
In college, he developed into a solid pass blocker at the right guard slot, showcasing his ability to use his hands to latch onto incoming defenders. He displayed excellent speed and quickness in getting to the defense’s second level and clearing running lanes. At the same time, Parham’s speed was useful on screen plays, as he had no problem getting out in front and annihilating defenders.
Overall, Parham proved to be a leader at Memphis while exhibiting a strong IQ and notable play recognition of defensive alignments and play-calling, all traits that will help him transition to center in the NFL.