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Jaguars traded up in second round for Gators OT Taylor

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We had wondered how long it would take for Gators offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor to have his name called Friday night, once the second round began in the NFL Draft, and the answer was three selections. And, as it turns out, Taylor will not have to travel far from where he played his college ball to play on Sundays in the NFL.

That’s after the Jacksonville Jaguars worked an immediate trade with the Oakland Raiders for the 35th overall pick, and grabbed the Gators starting right tackle from the last two seasons:

We had written late Thursday night about Taylor being passed over in the first round of the draft after many had him projected going as high as the top 15, if not the top 10, of round one.

There were four other offensive tackles including a guard and center chosen in the first round instead of Taylor.

The big right tackle from Florida had a hamstring injury back in February. He was advised to not participate in any of the timed drills like the 40-yard dash or 5-10-5 drill, as well as the long and broad jump events, at the NFL Combine.

There were also reports that Taylor had a lingering right knee problem. On Thursday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that Taylor had a letter sent from orthopedist Dr. James Andrews that went to multiple NFL Organizations on his behalf.

Taylor told the Jacksonville media Friday night that there were “false medical reports” out there about his knee problems, and that although he had surgery after 2017, he was fully healthy all of his final season in Gainesville.

As a true freshman in for Florida in 2016, Taylor became one of the top offensive linemen in the SEC by his junior year last season. He further showed versatility in his sophomore season starting nine times at right tackle, but playing the final two games that season at left tackle.

As for the trade, Jacksonville gave up a swap of their fourth round pick in a swap for Oakland’s fifth round pick and a seventh round pick to take Taylor:

The Jaguars clearly had a need at the tackle position and they were decimated by injuries on the O-line during a 5-11 season a year ago.

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