Austin Pasztor to start at RT for the Jaguars

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Listed as a guard on the Jaguars roster, the decision to name Austin Pasztor as the starting right tackle is a somewhat surprising one.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks have been sacked 18 times through four games in 2013, but the team still elected to trade starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens. In his place, the Jaguars will move second-overall pick Luke Joeckel to take over at left tackle and plan on starting second-year lineman Austin Pasztor on the right side of the line, Gus Bradley told the media on Wednesday.

Listed as a guard on the Jaguars roster, the move to name Pasztor as the starter instead of Cameron Bradfield is a somewhat surprising one, although Bradley said that Bradfield will look to compete for the role.

At 6'7, 308 pounds, it's not hard to understand why Pasztor could be a fit at the tackle position and, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press, he could also be more willing to fit in the team's cut blocking scheme than Monroe ended up being.

An undrafted free agent in 2012, Pasztor originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but was released in final cuts. After joining the Jaguars, Pasztor earned starting experience late in the year after injuries forced him into the lineup.

Pasztor wasn't overwhelmed in the role either, starting the last three games of the year at left guard and earning a -0.2 grade from Pro Football Focus, which is certainly respectable for an undrafted rookie. Alternatively, Cameron Bradfield earned a -5.7 grade in the 2012 season in which he started 12 games.

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