Some rookies can contribute right off the bat while others need more time to develop before they can make an impact. That said, the Jacksonville Jaguars would surely like better production from their 2023 draft class.
So far, right tackle Anton Harrison, the 27th overall selection, has been the best of the bunch. And even he needed a bit of time to hit his stride. After having "his welcome to the NFL" moment against the Kansas City Chiefs, he's fared much better in recent weeks and has quickly become the player the Jags expected. However, the same can be said about these three rookies.
No. 3 Jaguars rookie who has disappointed in 2023: Tyler Lacy, 4th Round, DL
The Jaguars drafted defensive end Tyler Lacy because he had the ideal size to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL. Lacy made 44 starts at Oklahoma State and registered 113 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
So far, the former Cowboy has struggled to leave his mark on the Jaguars defensive line. He was inactive for the opener and has played a total of 44 defensive snaps. While it's true that he's a rookie trying to find his footing, he hasn't done enough to become a steady piece in the rotation.
The silver lining is that the Jaguars' defensive line is currently playing well (even without Dawuane Smoot and Davon Hamilton, so there's not an immediate need for Lacy to contribute. Then again, the team's brass didn't draft him to keep him on the sidelines.