After selecting Leonard Fournette, Cam Robinson, and Duwuane Smoot in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, the Jaguars head into Day 3 with holes at offensive guard, tight end, and cornerback depth to fill.
Who should they take today? Let’s get to mocking!
4th round (110th pick): Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
The Jaguars still haven’t found a long-term answer at left guard, as Cam Robinson will compete with Branden Albert at left tackle for 2017. Sure, the loser of the “competition” can be plugged in at guard this year, but with Albert being 32 years old and Robinson being the left tackle of the future, the team would head into the 2018 season with a hole at left guard yet again.
Dorian Johnson is a stud run blocker in a power scheme, and with Fournette being the Jaguars first round pick, I would assume they will run with more power than zone blocking. I’m shocked Johnson has fallen into the fourth round, as I viewed him as an early third rounder at worst, but with as deep of a draft as the 2017 NFL Draft is, some players are just bound to fall.
Johnson is a plug-and-play left guard who gives the Jaguars an immediate upgrade at left guard and a long term solution at the position.
5th round (148th pick): George Kittle, TE, Iowa
Kittle (Alfie’s guy) is an athletic tight end who can play both in-line and as a move H-back/tight end. He’s a good run blocker and a better pass blocker when in-line, and displays good speed when playing vertically. He had one drop in his college career, while finishing with 48 catches for 737 yards (15.4 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns.
7th round (222th pick): Marquez White, CB, Florida State
The Jaguars need cornerback depth badly. White is a good off-man and cover 4 cornerback with long arms (32 1/8 inches) and big hands (10 inches) with good route awareness. Drafting White would reunite him with his college teammate, Jalen Ramsey.
7th round (240th pick): Ashton Lampkin, CB, Oklahoma State
Even after taking White with the 222nd pick, the Jaguars need another body at cornerback, and Lampkin can be a depth piece at nickel cornerback. The 6-0, 189 lb cornerback mostly played nickel cornerback at Oklahoma State, intercepting five passes and defending 12 in his five year career (he had a medical redshirt in 2015 due to an ankle injury).
How would you grade the Jaguars on Day 3 if these were their selections? Comment below!