The 2017 NFL Draft is over and the Jacksonville Jaguars built up their offense early in the draft while finding defenders later who can hopefully plug into specific roles.
2017 Jaguars draft class
|1||4||RB Leonard Fournette||LSU|
|2||34||OT Cam Robinson||Alabama|
|3||68||DE Dawuane Smoot||Illinois|
|4||110||WR Dede Westbrook||Oklahoma|
|5||148||LB Blair Brown||Ohio|
|7||222||CB Jalen Myrick||Minnesota|
|7||240||FB Marquez Williams||Miami|
Seven picks and three of the first four were on offense. That tells you that this Jaguars front office and Tom Coughlin believe that the defense is in place and that playmakers are needed for the offense. They said as much leading up to the draft, but now that this draft is over they proved it.
The latter half of the draft was filled with players who represented positions deep in the draft — a cornerback and a running back (who is supposedly a fullback) but the final two rounds are just a preferred UDFA section anyway, so why not?
But before that, the UDFA signing period is upon us. Who's linked with the Jaguars and who have they already signed? Check out our live blog below.
5:19 PM: Jaguars sign UDFA Tim Cook, running back from Oregon State
8:50 PM: Jaguars sign Illinois DE/LB Carroll Phillips as a UDFA
Illinois DE/LB Carroll Phillips, who had 9 sacks and 20 TFLs last season, has signed with Jacksonville as rookie free agent.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) April 30, 2017
8:45 PM: Jaguars add a third UDFA wide receiver in Kenneth Walker out of UCLA.
8:18 PM: Georgia Tech linebacker PJ Davis signs as a UDFA with the Jaguars.
8:14 PM: Jaguars sign another UDFA wide receiver, this time it’s Keelan Cole of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
8:08 PM: Jaguars add UDFA Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo.
Amba Etta Tawo to Jaguars on undrafted rookie deal— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 30, 2017
8:00 PM: Dartmouth safety Charlie Miller signs with the Jaguars as a UDFA
7:58 PM: Jaguars sign local guy: Jacksonville University DE/OLB Justin Horton, per Mike Kaye of First Coast News. Check out my interview with him from the Tropical Bowl here.
The #Jaguars are signing JU LB Justin Horton, per league source.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) April 29, 2017
7:31 PM: Jaguars sign Texas A&M offensive tackle Avery Gennesy.
7:14 PM: The Jaguars add another Middle Tennessee Blue Raider in running back I’Tavius Mathers.
7:12 PM: Appalachian State offensive lineman Parker Collins signs with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
Congrats to App State's OL @parkercollins75 for signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an UDFA!— Jason Huber (@RealJasonHuber) April 29, 2017
7:12 PM: Jaguars add another UDFA cornerback in Ezra Robinson, who had five interceptions in 2016 at Tennessee State.
7:09 PM: Jaguars sign Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick, who had 14.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2016.
Former Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick has agreed to a UFA contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) April 29, 2017
7:00 PM: Looks like the Jaguars have made their first UDFA signing, Middle Tennessee State cornerback Jeremy Cutrer!
6:25 PM: Don’t be surprised if the Jaguars don’t make offensive line a priority in undrafted free agency.