Best Twitter reactions to the Jaguars drafting TE Brenton Strange in Round 2

Penn State's Brenton Strange (86) celebrates a first down during the second half.
Penn State's Brenton Strange (86) celebrates a first down during the second half. / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY

The Jacksonville Jaguars have thrown several curveballs in the 2023 NFL Draft and the biggest one yet was trading down to take Penn State tight end Brenton Strange with the 61st overall pick. Strange himself was surprised he went to the Jags because he didn't meet with them during the pre-draft process.

Then again, the Jaguars didn't just pull a name off a hat. Head coach Doug Pederson liked him, so the scouting department must've done due diligence in the months preceding the draft. even though it was a bit surprising that Jacksonville didn't try to trade up for Michael Mayer or Luke Musgrave, they ended up bolstering their tight end room (a position of need) with the addition of Strange.

Strange wasn't among the top tight end prospect of the class but he often flashed potential at Penn State. He didn't put up huge numbers last year, hauling in 32 catches for 362 yards with five receiving touchdowns. However, he displayed outstanding blocking skills and the ability to create yards after the catch.

Having said that, Jaguars fans weren't particularly impressed with the Strange pick. It's possible that they didn't like the fact that the front office didn't target Florida offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence or one of the better-known tight-end prospects of the class. Regardless of the reason, one look at Twitter shows that the decision to go with Strange at No. 61 wasn't universally popular.

This fan wanted the Jaguars to go with cornerback Kelee Ringo. As of this writing, the team's brass has neglected the cornerback position even though it's one of their biggest needs, so it's not hard to fault him for being disappointed. On the other hand, Strange has Doug Pederson's seal of approval, which makes others feel more confident about the pick.

If the first thing that came to your mind when you heard the last name Strange was Stephen from the Marvel Universe, you weren't alone. Similarly, fans try to come up with pun-based jokes.

So far, the biggest criticism surrounding the decision to draft Strange was the lack of name recognition but one look at his tape shows a dynamic playmaker that can become a key cog on the Jaguars' offense. Analysts such as Chris Simms of NBC Sports -- yes, the Chris Simms that originally liked Zach Wilson more than Trevor Lawrence -- thinks the Jags got it right with Strange.

In the end, the Jaguars went with the player they liked and time will tell if they made the right decision. In the meantime, expect lots of jokes about Strange and how the Jags would have drafted Michael Mayer on Earth 616.

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