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JACKSONVILLE – He's a big body and a good fit.

The Jaguars like those things about Tyler Lacy, and they like his versatility, too – and as his college coach sees it, they're right in their assessment.

"They got a good one," Joe Bob Clements said.

Lacy, a defensive lineman from Oklahoma State University, this past Saturday was selected by the Jaguars in Round 4 of the 2023 NFL Draft – the 130th selection overall. Lacy upon being drafted said he liked the fit, and General Manager Trent Baalke spoke highly of Lacy's ability to play multiple positions.

"A guy who can come in and compete," Baalke called him.

Clements, Oklahoma State's co-defensive coordinator, on Tuesday said Lacy absolutely will do that – and spoke of a reliable, veteran player who contributed to the Cowboys in multiple ways on and off the field.

"He's a good football player, and one that still has not reached his full potential yet," Clements said. "I think Tyler still has a little bit of room to grow in terms of his ceiling of being a football player. It has been fun watching Tyler mature as a person and a player during his time at Oklahoma State.

"He was obviously very, very productive for us on the field."

Lacy (6-feet-4, 279 pounds), who played four seasons for Oklahoma State, registered 11.5 career sacks and 30 tackles for loss collegiately. He also registered 113 total tackles. He had three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss as a senior and played in the Reese's Senior Bowl this offseason.

He was a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection.

"The last few years, when we needed somebody to get to the quarterback … he might not have been the guys who was making the sack, but he was usually the guy who was disrupting the pass protection," Clements said. "He just seemed to be a guy that when we needed someone to make a play, he was either making the play or he was somewhere near the play."

Clements also spoke of Lacy as a player with a "great work ethic."

"He improved each and every year, from the adjustment of going from high school to college – increasing his ability, his workload, his knowledge of the game, etc.," he said.

Baalke and Head Coach Doug Pederson discussed throughout the draft adding strong character to the locker room, with Baalke on Saturday calling Lacy a "class act" and "really a character fit, DNA fit for us."

"It didn't bother him to come out and practice hard, work hard in the weight room and work hard in the offseason," Clements said. "He always had a very happy, positive demeanor about him that I think was contagious to his teammates."

Oklahoma State defensive end Tyler Lacy (89) studies Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones (5) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State won 34-17.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Baalke on Saturday described Lacy as a player who could play on the edge in the Jaguars' base defense with the ability to play inside in nickel formations. Lacy said he feels comfortable anywhere from five technique – or defensive end in a 3-4 front – to nose tackle.

"I feel I can help the team win in any position possible," he said.

That's a valuable role in a defense that emphasizes flexibility on the front seven, and one Clements said Lacy played in college.

"He's athletic enough and long enough to play on the edge," Clements said. "He's got deceptive speed and quickness for his size. He also has the flexibility and strength to move inside in certain schemes.

"We used him on the edge. We used him inside. We used him all over the place."

Lacy upon being selected by the Jaguars spoke of his comfort level with the team during a pre-draft visit and said he believed he was a strong fit for the Jaguars. He spoke, too, of feeling at home with the Jaguars and said Jacksonville "was a place I wanted to be."

"He was just a good guy to be around," Clements said. "He'll be a great teammate. Whoever's working with him is going to enjoy working with him. I know that."

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