Jaguars select DE Myles Cole with pick No. 236: Instant analysis & reaction

• The Jaguars take Texas Tech DE Myles Cole with the 236th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Nov 18, 2023; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Central Florida Knights running back RJ Harvey (7) rushes
Nov 18, 2023; Lubbock, Texas, USA; Central Florida Knights running back RJ Harvey (7) rushes / Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

After an arduous three-day process, the Jacksonville Jaguars are selecting Texas Tech defensive end Myles Cole with their last pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Cole played multiple positions for the Red Raiders. He can line up in a two-point stance or with his hand on the ground. At 6'6" and 278 pounds, he's got great length to play defensive end in Ryan Nielsen's 4-3 scheme. His arms are the longest among edge defenders in this year's draft, per Pro Football Focus.

A two-star recruit out of high school, Cole began his collegiate career at Louisiana-Monroe and tranferred to Texas Tech in 2022. Last year, he appeared in 12 games and registered 32 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks.

While Cole has shown pass-rush potential, he isn't great at defending the run, so he'll need to work on that part of his game if he wants to compete for a roster spot.

What should the Jaguars expect from Myles Cole in 2024?

Even though Myles Cole can play defensive tackle, he'll most likely compete for a spot on the edge. The Jaguars' pass rush rotation could use a boost, and the coaching staff will give Cole a chance to earn a roster spot.

At this point, it's hard to make a prediction, but the team's less-than ideal depth at defensive end could help Cole make the cut. Having said that, expect him to have a rotation role and get a light workload if he's on the roster in 2024.

What do the Jaguars get for drafting Myles Cole?

The pass rush wasn't a big need but the Jaguars could've and should've addressed it earlier in the draft. Then again, the front office was able to take care of other needs, and Myles Cole has upside. Still, he's nothing more than a project right now.

Grade: B-

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