The Jacksonville Jaguars came into the 2018 NFL draft having very minor holes to fill. Having the 29th overall pick a sign of a team who had a strong 2017, but also a franchise that is clearly in position to be successful for years to come. With the draft already being perhaps one of the more unpredictable drafts in recent memory, the Jags selected Florida DT Taven Bryan.
Talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits. Bryan’s lack of production is due to a lack of instincts and feel for the position and he’s still in a developmental phase as a prospect. Bryan played inside at Florida but has the size and talent to play inside or outside. His instincts and feel are below average so his development could take time, but when he is a finished product, Bryan has the ability to become a disruptive, highly productive talent with a very high ceiling.
For the Jags this pick wasn’t a make or break. The question throughout the entire draft process was what direction would the Jaguars take with their first round pick. It was anyone’s guess. On twitter leading up to the pick folks were clamoring for QB Lamar Jackson. However the Jags decided to look towards the defensive side of the ball instead to add depth to an already scary defensive line.
We do know that there were rumbling that the Jaguars would look at a TE. However their target Hayden Hurst from South Carolina was swooped up by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th pick.
It’s hard to argue against this pick for the Jags. You get a young man who played ball at the University of Florida. He was considered one of the better prospects at his position coming into this draft. Once again the Jags played it safe and went with someone to help them in trenches. It’s hard to look down on this pick, despite feeling for Jackson who would have also been a cool pick.
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