Jaguars 2023 NFL Draft: 3 winners and 3 losers from the Anton Harrison pick
Jacksonville Jaguars draft Anton Harrison with pick No. 27 in Round 1: 3 losers
It's hard to pick "losers" from the Anton Harrison pick when you consider the positive impact it will have. On the other hand, you could make the case that there are some players and coaches that won't benefit from the pick.
3. The Jaguars tight end room
The Jags managed to keep Evan Engram from leaving in free agency when they used the franchise tag on him. However, he's set to become a free agent in 2024 barring a long-term deal. On top of that, the only other tight ends on the Jaguars' rosters are Luke Farrell, who's better suited for a reserve role, and Gerrit Prince, who is a 2022 undrafted free agent, has potential but hasn't played a single snap in the regular season.
Even though the Buffalo Bills took Dalton Kincaid with the pick they got from the Jaguars, many of the top tight ends (Michael Mayer, Darnell Washington, and Luke Musgrave) remained on the board when they were on the clock. While the team's brass addressed a need with Harrison it was a bit puzzling to see them pass on the chance to add reinforcements to their tight end room.
2. Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell
The Jaguars have needs at cornerback, defensive end, and outside linebacker. Yet, they chose to focus on the offensive line, leaving defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell without new players. Sure, the front office brought back DaVon Hamilton on a three-year deal worth $34.5 million but "Ham" can't line up in the slot or rush the passer from a standup position.
Caldwell needs more players to make his defense work. The good thing is that there's still many top cornerback prospects available in Round 2 and if the Jags can trade up and draft a cornerback and a pass rusher on Day 2, they'll make Caldwell a happy man.
1. Jaguars LT Cam Robinson
General manager Trent Baalke told the media that the decision to draft Harrison was made based on talent, "our board was set strictly on ability". However, it's hard not to imagine that the suspension Cam Robinson will serve played a role. Despite the fact that Robinson will be eligible for practices and the preseason, he won't be able to play in the regular season.
With Robinson unable to suit up, the Jaguars willl probably make a strong push for Harrison to start in Week 1 and if he fares well, Robinson might have a hard time getting his job back. It's possible that if both Harrison and Little thrive during Robinson's absence, the team's brass will move on from him.