The Jacksonville Jaguars have a love affair with prospects from in-state schools. The Jaguars have now drafted a player from a Florida university in the first round in four of the past five drafts.
The Jaguars drafted defensive lineman Taven Bryan in the first round of the 2018 draft. While Bryan is actually from Wyoming and played high school ball there, hence the nickname the “Wyoming Wildman,” he played collegiately in Gainesville.
With selection of @tavenbryan93, @Jaguars have now selected someone from the state of Florida in the first round in 4 of the last 5 drafts:— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) April 27, 2018
2014 - @BBortles5 - @UCF_Football
2015 - @dantefowler - @FloridaGators
2016 - @jalenramsey - @FSUFootball
2018 - Bryan - @GatorsFB
Going back to 2014 with the selection of Blake Bortles (Central Florida), followed by the 2015 selection of Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida), then 2016 with Jalen Ramsey (Florida State) and of course this year with Bryan, the Jags love to grow in-state prospects.
Since taking over in the front office in 2013, general manager Dave Caldwell has selected 11 players from five different Florida schools: Florida, Florida State, Central Florida, Florida International and Miami. He has selected at least one player from a Florida school in every year he has been at the helm.
Caldwell also loves the Southeastern Conference. Not only did three of the Jaguars’ first four picks (and four players overall) in 2018 come from the SEC, but Caldwell has selected SEC players in each of the first two rounds of the draft in both 2017 and 2018. He has also selected eight players from the conference within the first three rounds, and 13 players total.
Additionally, as Mike Kaye notes, the Jaguars have drafted 10 Gators in franchise history, and five times in the first round. First rounders from Florida include Fred Taylor (1998), Reggie Nelson (2007), Derrick Harvey (2008), Fowler and of course Bryan.
The Jaguars have also drafted players from Florida State (Jalen Ramsey) and Central Florida (Bortles) in the first round. The seven first round picks from Florida institutions are the most by a landslide, with California schools in second with four selections.
One thing we can always seem to count on during the draft is the Jaguars selecting a Florida school prospect.