The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to build around QB Trevor Lawrence. After a playoff run last season, they are certainly on the right track under head coach Doug Pederson heading into 2023.
We break down the Jags’ draft class and assess the potential impact on fantasy football in the coming season.
Round 1: No. 27 overall (from Bills): Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Round 2: No. 61 (from 49ers through Bears): Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
Round 3: No. 88 — Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
Round 4: No. 121 (from Bucs) — Ventrell Miller, ILB, Florida—
Round 4: No. 130 (from Bills) — Tyler Lacy, DE, Oklahoma State
Round 5: No. 136 (from Bears) — Yasir Abdullah, OLB, Louisville
Round 5: No. 160 (from Giants) — Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
Round 6: No. 185 (from Jets) — Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
Round 6: No. 202 — Christian Braswell, CB, Rutgers
Round 6: No. 208 (from Eagles) — Erick Hallett II, S, Pittsburgh
Round 7: No. 226 (from Panthers) — Cooper Hodges, G, Appalachian State
Round 7: No. 227 (from Saints) — Raymond Vohasek, DT, North Carolina
Round 7: No. 240 (from Giants via Ravens) — Derek Parish, FB, Houston
The Jags had plenty of draft capital to add up the numbers of this rookie class in later rounds. They started with some protection for Trevor Lawrence, which is understandable, but missed an opportunity to pick up some much-needed pass rush help. They finally started filling out their secondary on Day 3, but this was something of a confusing lineup from Trent Baalke.
Did Jaguars fill needs?
Yes and no. The early Harrison pick was a solid one, adding protection for Lawrence, particularly important with a Cam Robinson suspension on the horizon. However, with Josh Allen likely leaving after this season, they did not address the future pass rush void until the fourth round. Instead, they added a third-round RB to play behind Travis Etienne.
Bigsby and Strange could potentially make a mark in their rookie seasons. Bigsby will be rotating in behind Etienne as an RB2 or RB3, so hold off on drafting him too early. Strange will probably serve more of a blocking tight end role than a receiving one, so his fantasy ceiling will be low as well.
Anton Harrison was a solid pick. The team’s rebuild is centered around QB Trevor Lawrence, and adding pass protection there is never a bad idea.