3. The Jaguars chose to draft Anton Harrison to replace Jawaan Taylor
The top brass made a huge effort to keep most of last year's core in place. Besides locking up tight end Evan Engram, they either gave new deals or brought back several key contributors including, but not limited to, Roy Robertson-Harris, DaVon Hamilton, Andrew Wingard, JaMycal Hasty, and Tre Herndon. Surprisingly, they chose right tackle Jawaan Taylor, along with defensive tackle Arden Key, to walk in free agency.
It's true that Jacksonville made Taylor an offer but they also braced themselves to the possibility of losing him because he was projected to command top-market money in free agency. In the end, the former Florida Gator ended up joining the Kansas City Chiefs. To fill the void at right tackle, the Jags drafted Anton Harrison 27th overall.
Right off the bat, the Jaguars' decision-makers made it known that Harrison would be switching to right tackle despite the fact that he had mostly lined up on the left side at Oklahoma. So far, the returns haven't been great.
The past two games, Harrison has given up five pressures and five sacks. He acknowledged that going against Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was his welcome to the NFL moment. However, it's too early to say he won't thrive in the pros. It's easy to forget now but it took Jawaan Taylor three seasons to finally put it all together. Heck, Jones himself says that Harrison will be just fine.
The bottom line is that players' readiness is always variable coming out of college and Harrison isn't just making the adjustment to the pros but he's doing so while switching positions. He should make strides in the upcoming weeks.