Round 1 Pick 29th: Taven Bryan,DT, Florida
The Jags decided to go with the best available player on their draft board at the time when selecting Bryan. Known as the “Wyoming Wild Man” during his collegiate years at Florida, Bryan built up a lot of JJ Watt comparisons during his red shirt junior season. While being compared to the All-Pro Watt seems a little outlandish, Bryan put up great number during his last season. The 6-5 291 pound defensive lineman exploded during the combine. Bryan ran a 4.98 40, showed his strength with 30 reps on the bench, and showcased his athleticism with 39inch vertical. Bryan finished the season with 37 total tackles, 17 of them being solo, and 10 being assisted. While racking up the tackles he also finished the season with 4 sacks. As a interior rusher those numbers show a lot of promise. Bryan shows of a lot of strengths as well. He shows a great skill of lateral quickness to get pass blocker to finish running backs in the backfield. He shows a lot of toughness and power during defensive possession. During the season he also showed the knack to take over games.
Draft Grade: B
Player Comparison: Robert Nkemdiche
Round 2 Pick 61st: DJ Chark, WR, LSU
This past season the Jags seemed to have lacked a consistent number one target at WR due to the injury of Allen Robinson. Yes, the team has young talented pieces in Lee, Cole, and Westbrook. However the team is still searching for that true go to receiver. With picking Chark the Jaguars might have found what they’re looking for. The talented 6’4 receiver exploded during the combine. Chark posted the fastest 40 among receivers with a 4.34, and showed off his leaping ability with 40inch vertical. During his last season Chark posted very productive numbers. Chark finished off with 874 receiving yards and 3tds. LSU is known for putting out talented receivers in the pros names such as Odell Beckham Jr. Jarvis Landry, and Brandon LaFell are viewed as household names around the league. Could Chark be added to that list?
Draft Grade: A-
Player Comparison: Martavis Bryant (non on/off the field issues)
Round 3 Pick 93rd: Ronnie Harrison, S , Alabama
The Jags struck gold again with their round 3 pick. The team made another “future” pick with drafting Harrison. Harrison spent his collegiate years at Alabama, and after looking at his stats every year was productive. More important looking at his last season, the 6’3 214 pound safety was force on the Crimson Tide defense. He finished the season with 74 total tackles, 43 of them being solos and 31 being assisted. He also finished the year with 2.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups. Harrison possesses a lot strengths when it comes to being a safety. He’s a excellent tackler in space, shows a great combination of size/ speed, and truest his instincts during pass coverage.
Draft Grade: A
Player Comparison: Landon Collins