The Jaguars have begun their final stage of preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft this past week, welcoming a handful of prospects to Jacksonville as part of their allotted 30 private workouts/meetings.
In the time that general manager Dave Caldwell has been here, the private visits have been a pretty good indicator of the possible directions the team may take come draft weekend, as the they have selected at least one player who spent time at the team’s facilities each year since 2013.
If that trend holds true, and there’s no evidence yet to point to it not being so, we can make a pretty good deduction as to the path the Jags are headed come April 25th, and it’s in the trenches.
Although the team has yet to officially confirm any visits occurred, (because Tom Coughlin believes TIAA Bank should be treated like the Pentagon), we know via the players themselves and other well sourced media outlets that the team has brought in the following players over the past week or are scheduled to host them over the coming days:
Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington
Brian Fineanganofo, OL, Ida
Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi St.
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Michael Dogbe, DL, Temple
That’s currently 8 prospects out of the allotted 30 spots, that the team reportedly has devoted to doing further due diligence on, who play along the line of scrimmage. It’s also probably not a coincidence that the Jaguars most pressing needs and the depth of this draft both happen to fall within those positions as well.
While there’s still 22 other prospects we are awaiting word on, and it may be we don’t get a full list of each player who visited, (Taven Bryan’s visit wasn’t known until his post-draft interview), it’s clear the team is doing it’s homework on solving it’s issues on both sides of the line and a strong possibility that one of those eight players is a future Jaguar come the end of the month.