Everything in North Florida is upbeat. Almost two weeks after the 2018 NFL Draft, there is still some buzz about what the Jaguars were able to get drafting while in the unusual back part of every round. Those slots are reserved for winning/playoff teams, which Jacksonville was in 2017, and the Jags still seemed to get good players.
How do we conclude this? Most dissecting of how the Jaguars fared has the analysis of the Jaguars draft deeming it to be solid to good.
And then, the NFL Network weighed in on Tuesday night. On their “Total Access” show, former players Willie McGinnest, DeAngelo Hall and James Jones were all asked their opinion and they all praised the job that VP of Football Tom Coughlin and GM Dave Caldwell did:
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In particular, the three are enamored with the second round selection of LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark, and his potential to “stretch the defense.” Chark has tremendous straight ahead speed, and even though he had only three TDs in 2017 for the Bayou Bengals, he did average 21.9 yards per reception. That is the big play threat that Jacksonville is looking for this season.
Hall was so impressed, that he even invoked the name of his former Redskins teammate (now Buccaneer wide receiver) DeSean Jackson, as a comparison.
Interestingly, they did not talk as much in the brief segment about top pick DT Taven Bryan from the Gators or Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison, whom the Jags got in the third round. Then again, those players don’t bring the “flash” that Chark does in the open field, etc.
Harrison, however, will be in a loaded secondary that already includes Pro Bowler Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Barry Chruch. And having come out of Nick Saban’s Alabama defensive “gold mine,” you would think he’s ready to step in and contribute.
Again, it’s just after the draft and most of these takes aren’t worth much, especially once we get to training camp, etc.
However, for now, Jags fans should be excited. More and more analysts, former players and others are about their picks
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