The Jaguars had a busy night two of the draft on Friday. Here's a quick recap of what went down.
The Jaguars quickly traded up, giving the Raiders their second and fourth round picks in exchange for the 35th overall pick, the 140th pick and the 235th pick. With their newly acquired selection the Jaguars drafted Jawaan Taylor. Taylor is a big, mauling right tackle with plus athleticism and a mean streak. Similarly to Myles Jack in 2016, Taylor dropped to the second round due to some, apparently false, medical reports. Taylor will immediately compete for the Jaguars starting right tackle job and give the team more offensive line talent and depth than they have had in the Dave Caldwell era.
With the 69th pick (nice) in the draft the Jaguars finally added a tight end. Josh Oliver from San Jose St. will be the Jaguars primary receiving threat at the position. A small school kid with big time receiving ability, Oliver will likely need to develop as a blocker in order to truly thrive with the Jaguars, but he's a natural pass catcher down the middle and has excellent size and athleticism.
With the Jaguars final pick of the night they selected Quinnen Williams' brother, Quincy Williams. A small school linebacker from Murray State, Williams was a relative unknown. He has real athleticism, running in the 4.49 range with a solid vertical. I haven't studied his tape too much, but one thing is clear: Williams brings the pain when he arrives at the ball. His selection could be further evidence that the Jaguars are preparing to move on from Telvin Smith, who has yet to communicate with the team this offseason. Williams may have been a reach, but at 98 overall the Jaguars identified him as a player they didn't want to miss out on by waiting around.
Overall this was another spectacular night for the Jaguars. They landed a first round talent, and foundational piece on the right side of the line. They gave Nick Foles a legit receiving threat at tight end and also added an athletic linebacker.
The Jaguars have four draft picks remaining. They could still address wide receiver, tight end, cornerback, safety, quarterback and interior O-Line.
What are your thoughts on the draft so far? Let us know in the comments below.
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