No. 1 player the Jaguars won't miss in 2023: Jawaan Taylor, RT
Looking back, the Jaguars' 2019 draft class was one of the best former general manager Dave Caldwell oversaw. The flipside is that only edge rusher Josh Allen remains on the roster and all their other picks are now playing somewhere else.
The second most successful Jaguar to come out of the 2019 draft was arguably right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who struggled to find consistency early in his NFL career but put it all together last year. Although the Jags made an offer before this year's free agency, Taylor chose the four-year, $80 million deal the Kansas City Chiefs offered him.
The former Florida Gator allowed just 16 total pressures and five sacks last year. On the other hand, he left some to be desired as a run blocker, posting a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 39.7 in that department.
The Jaguars knew there was a strong chance to lose Taylor in free agency. Simply, they weren't in position to make him the kind of offer he got from the Broncos. So knowing they were going to likely lose him, they prioritize finding his replacement in the 2023 draft. They end up using the 27th overall pick on Oklahoma's Anton Harrison, who is slated to line up at right tackle as a rookie.
Harrison mostly played left tackle at Oklahoma but says he has no trouble switching sides. He will likely experience an adjustment period and the growing pains that come with the transition from the pros to the league. However, he's got the tools and the talent to become a mainstay of the Jaguars' offensive line for years to come.