The Jaguars addressed a plethora of needs over the first two days of the draft, adding a cornerback in CJ Henderson at nine, a pass rusher in K'Lavon Chaisson at twenty, a receiver and offensive weapon in Laviska Shenault, and a nose tackle in DaVon Hamilton.
To start day three of the draft, the Jaguars had three picks in the fourth round and needs remaining at offensive tackle, interior offensive line, running back, and safety. And there's always room for more offensive weapons.
The Jaguars selected offensive tackle Ben Bartch from St. Johns with the 116th overall pick. I had a late third/early fourth-round grade on the 6'6'', 308-pound offensive lineman. Bartch is a developmental player with tremendous upside. He switched from tight end to tackle, a few years ago, and put on over 50 pounds. Bartch dominated at a lowe level of competition in college and played at a high level during Senior Bowl practices. Despite being new to the position, Bartch shows good technique on tape. He figures to push Cam Robinson at left tackle and potentially serve as the swing tackle in year one. Because his arms are less than 33", Bartch could ultimately end up at guard.
With their second pick in the fourth round, at #137 overall, the Jaguars selected nickel cornerback Josiah Scott from Michigan State. Nicknamed "Gnat" by teammates due to his in your face playstyle, Scott is only 5'9". But he plays bigger than his size and adds valuable depth to the Jaguars' cornerback room. He should immediately step in as the second string nickel cornerback and could eventually replace DJ Hayden in the starting lineup in 2021. Scott picked off three passes and made 52 tackles during his junior year in 2019.
Just three picks later, the Jaguars added Shaq Quarterman from Miami to their linebacker group. Switching to a 3-4 alignment in base, the Jaguars need plenty of linebackers. Quarterman is as tough as they come and will be stout against the run. Quarterman recorded 356 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 13 passes defended, and five fumble recoveries in four years at Miami. He has the requisite athleticism to eventually find a starting role in a 3-4 system. In Jacksonville, he could find a starting role next to Joe Schobert as one of the inside linebackers in base. Quarterman is a local kid and attended Oakleaf for high school.
The Jaguars passed on some talented players, but they added talent themselves in the fourth round. All three players provide value, talent, and depth in year one. The Jaguars still have needs at receiver, safety, and offensive line.
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