The Jaguars, like every other team in the NFL, continue to pile up the pre-draft visits. Next up, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, is LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price, a junior who declared early for the draft. In addition, the Jaguars have hosted Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter, Georgia linebacker Quay Walker, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, and Georgia defensive end Travon Walker.
Tyrion Davis-Price, a former four-star recruit and Baton Rouge native, carried the ball a total of 379 times for the Tigers, racking up 1,744 yards and 15 touchdowns. Davis-Price added 28 receptions for another 185 yards. During his final season at LSU, he rushed for over 1,000 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scoring six times.
The Jaguars could have a unique need at running back in the draft. Long term, the team seemingly has two quality backs in James Robinson and Travis Etienne, but both are coming off of significant foot injuries. Etienne (lisfranc) is expected by head coach Doug Pederson to be available before training camp, while Robinson (achilles) is expected to take longer to recover. While the Jaguars don't need to find a long-term starter in this draft, they might need a quality back to hold down the fort while Etienne and Robinson recover.
Davis-Price, at 6-feet and 211 pounds, ran a speedy 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. He offers patience, straight-line speed, power, and contact balance. In addition, Davis-Price is a quality pass protector and appeared to fix his drop issues during the 2021 season, in which he didn't drop a pass on 13 targets.
My Take: Using a top-30 visit on a projected mid-to-late round pick shows significant interest by the Jaguars. Davis-Price is a running back that potentially offers a three-down skill set and appears to have the physicality, patience, vision, and speed to succeed at the next level. He appears to be a quality candidate to take on a prominent role early for the Jags with his speed and power.
Lance Zierlein shared this tidbit: "Scouts say that staying motivated will be a major factor in future success."
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