Way-too-early predictions for all 13 Jacksonville Jaguars draftees in 2023
Way-too-early predictions for all 13 Jaguars' draftees in 2023: Rounds 4, 5
Ventrell Miller, LB - Round 4, pick 121: 13 total tackles, 6 pressures
Ventrell Miller underwent foot surgery in December and is still recovering, so his availability for rookie minicamp was limited. Working in his favor is that there is no hurry to press him into action. Even if the former Florida Gator were healthy, he will probably start training camp at the bottom of the depth chart, as the Jaguars' linebacker corps is currently stacked.
The best-case scenario for Miller is that he'll move up ahead of Shaquille Quarterman on the depth chart but don't expect him to make a huge impact as a rookie. Thus, 13 total tackles and seven total pressures seem like a realistic statline.
Tyler Lacy, DL - Round 4, pick 130: 10 total tackles and 2 sacks
The departure of Arden Key left a void that the team's brass will try to fill with some of their young players. That could give Tyler Lacy a chance to make an impression and become a piece of the team's defensive line rotation early in his rookie season.
Having said that, it's hard to see Lacy getting a robust number of snaps early in the 2023 season. Still, he'll make his presence felt with 10 total tackles and two sacks.
Yasir Abdullah, OLB - Round 5, pick 136: 3 sacks
Even though pass rush was at the top of the Jaguars' needs in the draft, they waited until the fifth round to address it when they chose Louisville outside linebacker Yasir Abdullah at No. 136.
The Jaguars need a third pass rusher behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen. K'Lavon Chaisson hasn't done enough in the last three years to make the team believe he's that player, so Abdullah will have the chance to earn plenty of reps in training camp. Besides landing ahead of Chaisson on the depth chart, registering three sacks look like a realistic expectation for the former Cardinal.