Jaguars 2023 NFL Draft: 3 winners and 3 losers from the Anton Harrison pick
Even though the Jacskonville Jaguars entered the 2023 NFL Draft needing to take care of their needs at cornerback and pass rush, they chose to bolster their offensive line, picking Anton Harrison with the 27th overall pick.
Most of the early reactions to the Jags' decision to go with Harrison are positive and rightfully so. On the days preceding the draft, John Shipley reported that left tackle Cam Robinson will be serving a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
You could argue that if Robinson wasn't set to miss time, the Jags could have bolstered other position groups in Round 1. But the truth is that there will still be many talented prospects in Round 2 of the draft, so the team's brass can easily focus on other position groups without having to worry about the potential impact Robinson's absence will have.
It's important to point out that the Jaguars will first need to assess Harrinson's performance in training camp. He'll probably need to beat Josh Well, who was signed in free agency, in training camp before he is thrusted into the starting lineup.
Working in Harrison's favor is the fact that most of his weaknesses (hand usage and stand) can be corrected, and that's where offensive line coach Phil Rauscher's influence should be noticeable.
Speaking of Rauscher, the 2022 First-Team All-Big 12 told the local media after being drafted that he's spoken with him via Zoom.
If Harrison lives up to his potential, he should have no trouble finding his way into the starting lineup in Week 1, ready to protect Trevor Lawrence. So why really benefited from the Harrison pick and who will see himself affected? Here's a look at the winners and losers.