3. Jaguars’ low-key option in the 2nd round – Brian Asamoah, LB.
The Jaguars could be interested in taking linebacker Quay Walker or teammate Nakobe Dean in the second round. But what if both are off the board by the time Jacksonville is on the clock at No. 33? Brian Asamoah could then become an option.
Earlier this year, the former Oklahoma Sooner was mocked to Jacksonville and at the time, it didn’t make sense. After all, there could be better options available at No. 33 but the Jags just like every other NFL team must be ready for anything. Asamoah is a good downhill runner with above-average speed. He’s not particularly strong and will probably need to bulk up in the pros but he’s shown potential when he drops in coverage, something that could come in handy in defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell’s scheme.
Last season, Asamoah appeared in 12 games and logged 80 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Also, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12. He struggles to shed blocks, but Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network believes he has “all the athletic tools” for the linebacker to become a productive starter.
The Jaguars signed Foyesade Oluokun to a three-year $45 million deal in free agency. He will be a Day 1 starter but the Jaguars need someone to line up next to him. With Myles Jack and Damien Wilson leaving in free agency, Shaquille Quarterman and Chappelle Russell are the top two options. The Jags need to add another linebacker in the draft and Asamoah could end up being an option in the second round.