JAgUARS 2019 DRAFT DAY THREE RECAP
The Jaguars were just about as busy as any team in the NFL on day three. The team added three players and made a trade.
After trading their fourth-round pick to ensure they would land right tackle Jawaan Taylor on day two, the Jaguars didn't select until the fifth round at pick number 140 overall. They added talent and depth to their running back room by adding Temple's RyQuell Armstead. Armstead is a tough runner with size (he's 220 pounds) and plenty of physicality. Armstead has starting potential in the league and was a fair value in round five. He won't impress you with his wiggle or start-and-stop speed, but his 4.45 forty yard dash was evidence of his ability to be a north and south runner. He's well versed at running from the shotgun, which will help in the Jaguars new offense. He wasn't asked to do much as a receiver at Temple, but if he can add that to his game, he'll be a perfect fit. I would expect Armstead to compete for the primary backup job to Leonard Fournette this summer.
With the 178th pick in the draft, the Jaguars added a QB to compete for the number two spot on their roster. Gardner Minshew doesn't have the size or arm strength that NFL teams are looking for, but between the ears, he's as good as it gets. He'll face an uphill battle (literally) to make the Jaguars roster. His mustache and personality will be welcomed in Jacksonville. But in the NFL it's all about what you can do on the field. If he can improve his arm strength and vision in any capacity, he'll have a shot, but that's a big ask. I believe he has a chance to make the Jaguars 53 man roster but beating out Alex McGough will be no easy task. With his experience in the quick strike Washington State offense, Gardner Minshew should not struggle conceptually.
In the final round of the draft, the Jaguars added Auburn defensive tackle Dontavius Russell. Once a highly touted high school recruit, Russell didn't have the impact most expected at Auburn. But at 6'3'' tall and nearly 320 pounds, he's got the size to play nose tackle in the Jaguars defense. He'll face fierce competition this summer, but he has a shot at making the Jaguars roster.
The Jaguars traded the 236th pick in the draft to the Seahawks for a 2020 sixth-round pick, which in the long-term can be looked at as a win.
After the first two rounds of the draft, the Jaguars identified needs and did their best to address them. In doing so, they passed on some talented players. Only time will tell if reaching on some positional needs was wise.
What are your thoughts on the day three draft haul for the Jaguars? Let us know in the comments below!
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