3 Volunteers the Jacksonville Jaguars could target in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft
By Beau Adams
No. 2 Tennessee prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars could draft: Darnell Wright
Offensive lineman Darnell Wright was an ESPN and 247 Sports five-star recruit from Huntington High School. A highly recruited prospect, he turned down Georgia, LSU, and the Crimson Tide's offers to be a Volunteer.
Wright played four years for Tennesee, becoming a 2022 All-SEC First Team (Associated Press, Coaches, USA TODAY), Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist, And SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Alabama and Kentucky in 2022. He didn't allow a sack all season.
Scouting reports say the 6-foot-5, 342lbs, barrel-chested offensive tackle with stout shoulders and powerful arms has prototypical size for an elite pro prospect. His girth and length give way to fantastic movement skills, often ending rush blocks with a pancake.
Wright is one of the top-notch right tackles capable of starting in his first year. He has an outstanding balance for a big man, with core strength and the ability to absorb pass rushers and cave defenders on command at the NFL level.
His draft profile has him compared to D.J. Fluker, who was cut from the Jaguars before ever playing a down. But that's not entirely accurate. He is bigger and more athletic than both Penei Sewell and Jawaan Taylor and had a stronger production score than Tristen Wirf. Considering Wirf's draft profile, length, athleticism, and overall grade of 6.4, he is really who we should be comparing Wright to. Watch him manhandle the defenders with ease in this video.
The Jaguars have a need to fill at right tackle with the departure of Jawaan Taylor. With some mock drafts predicting Wright going in the mid-to-late second round, he is a prime target to replace, nay, upgrade the vacancy Taylor left. I'm real comfortable with Darnell Wright and Walker Little protecting the right side for Trevor Lawrence.