Jaguars Draft: Add Cooper Hodges, Raymond Vohasek, and Derek Parish in Round 7
The Jacksonville Jaguars used most of their picks in Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the 2023 NFL Draft on defense. But they changed things up a bit in the seventh round and selected Appalachian State offensive tackle Cooper Hodges.
Although the talent pool has decreased considerably by the time Round 7 gets going, there are still intriguing prospects on the board and Hodges is one of them. A two-star recruit out of high school, Hodges doesn't have elite arm length and needs to work on his footwork. However, he's got enough quickness and strength to develop into a solid offensive lineman.
Despite the fact that Hodges is a developmental prospect at this stage of his football career, he could become a solid swing tackle for the Jaguars. As noted before, he needs to refine his footwork and work on his overall technique but he could flourish under the tutelage of coach Phil Rauscher.
The Jacksonville Jaguars draft DT Raymond Vohasek with the No. 227 pick
With their second pick in Round 7, the 227th overall selection, the Jags selected North Carolina defensive tackle Raymond Vohase. The Jags had previously drafted defensive end Tyler Lacy in Round 4 and Vohasek gives them yet another player that can be part of their defensive line rotation.
Like most of the prospects the Jaguars have taken on Day 3, Vohasek will face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. A three-prospect out of high school, Vohasek appeared in 35 games at UNC and logged 96 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars draft EDGE rusher Derik Parish with pick No. 260
And with their last pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Jags went with Houston edge rusher Derik Parish. A two-star prospect out of high school, Parish played five seasons at Houston and appeared in 40 games in that span. He left with 158 total tackles, 34.5 tackles for a loss and 17.5 sacks.
It's worth noting that Parish logged 10 of his sacks the last two years, so might still have plenty of room for growth. In Jacksonville, he could compete with Yasir Abdullah for playing time behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen.