According to Jordan Schultz, Memphis offensive lineman Dylan Parham met with the Jaguars for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.
Parham is a redshirt senior offensive lineman who played left guard, right guard, and right tackle for the Tigers during his collegiate days. He was a two-star recruit — who played multiple positions, including defensive end and linebacker — out of Carrollton, Georgia, in 2017. A four-year starter in college, Parham was a consistent and versatile producer for Memphis. He was named first-team All-AAC in 2021.
Parham attended the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, helping to solidify his place in the 2022 NFL Draft. Parham tested well overall and performed at a high level during Senior Bowl practices. He stands 6'2 5/8" and weighs in at 311 pounds with 33 1/8" arms and 10 1/4" hands. Parham ran a 4.93 40 with a 1.74 10-yard split. He leaped 26 1/2" in the vert and posted a broad jump of 108." He registered a 7.78-second three-cone and a 4.7-second 20-yard shuttle, both of which are average for an offensive lineman.
The Jaguars have also had pre-draft visits with Alabama wide receiver John Metchie, Illinois safety Kerby Joseph, LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Georgia defensive end Travon Walker, Georgia linebacker Quay Walker, Alabama left tackle Evan Neal, NC State left tackle Ikem Ekwonu, Colorado State tight end Trey McBride, Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter, Penn State offensive lineman Rasheed Walker, Michigan running back Hassan Haskins, Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith, Alabama linebacker Christian Harris, Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey, and Louisiana safety Percy Butler.
The Jaguars hold 12 selections in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, including five in the top 106. The Draft kicks off on April 28th at 8 pm in Las Vegas.
My take: Parham showed off versatility throughout his college career. However, the one position he didn't show the ability to play just so happens to be where he projects best at the NFL level. Parham's measurables and skill set align with the center position, but he never actually played the position in college. He did get some work in at center during Senior Bowl week, which gave teams a glimpse into what he could do in the middle. Parham showed excellent hand usage and movement skills at Memphis, but his anchor and overall strength appear to be lacking when tasked with traditional pass sets. With Brandon Linder's retirement and Tyler Shatley's age, the Jaguars don't appear to have a long-term answer at center. Parham could also compete at left guard and, at the very worst, provide depth in his rookie year. I'd look to keep adding functional strength to his frame, but that could be less of a concern at center than at guard or tackle. Parham has a late-third round grade for me and could be a target for the Jaguars at 65, 70, or 106 if he slips to the fourth round. If the Jags take him at 65 or 70, there will likely be prospects available with significantly higher grades on my board. His athletic profile aligns with what the Jaguars are likely looking for in their new zone-heavy rushing attack.
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