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Grades Are In: Jaguars 2023 Draft

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JACKSONVILLE – The picks are in.

With the 2023 NFL Draft in the rear view, let's examine how analysts viewed the Jaguars' second draft with Head Coach Doug Pederson and third with Trent Baalke as general manager. The 13-member Jaguars '23 draft class:

  • Anton Harrison, offensive tackle, Oklahoma (No. 27 overall, Round 1)
  • Brenton Strange, tight end, Penn State (No. 61, Round 2)
  • Tank Bigsby, running back, Auburn (No. 88 overall, Round 3)
  • Ventrell Miller, linebacker, Florida (No. 121 overall, Round 4)
  • Tyler Lacy, defensive end, Oklahoma State (No. 130 overall, Round 4)
  • Yasir Abdullah, linebacker, Louisville (No. 136, Round 5)
  • Antonio Johnson, safety, Texas A&M (No. 160, Round 5)
  • Parker Washington, wide receiver, Penn State (No. 185, Round 6)
  • Christian Braswell, cornerback Rutgers (No. 202, Round 6)
  • Erick Hallett II, safety, Pittsburgh (No. 208, Round 6)
  • Cooper Hodges, offensive tackle, Appalachian State (No. 226, Round 7)
  • Raymond Vohasek, defensive tackle, North Carolina (No. 227, Round 7)
  • Derek Parish, fullback, Houston: (No. 240, Round 7).

Here's a look at how analysts saw the Jaguars' class:

  • Chad Reuter, NFL Media: B+. "The pending suspension of Cam Robinson for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy made the Jags' need at tackle even more obvious, so the Harrison selection made tons of sense," Reuter wrote.
  • Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (Round 1): B+. "They traded down and still landed a tackle they probably would have taken at No. 24. That's good drafting. Harrison can come in and play left tackle or right tackle, depending on where they play," Prisco wrote.
  • Rob Maaddi, Associated Press: B+. "Improved offense with first three picks: OT Anton Harrison (27), TE Brenton Strange and RB Tank Bigsby. WR Parker Washington could be a steal in the sixth round," Maaddi wrote.
  • Pro Football Focus: B. "The 24th ranked player on the PFF big board, the Jaguars got Harrison at about the right spot and picked up three additional picks by moving down," PFF wrote.
  • Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: B-. "Trading down and adding picks and still getting tackle Anton Harrison makes sense, considering they have to give Trevor Lawrence a mega-deal, which means cheap labor will be needed. That's also why having 13 picks matters," Prisco wrote.
  • Danny Kelly, the Ringer (Round 1): B-. "The Jaguars address a big position of need here, nabbing an athletic, nimble-footed pass protector in Harrison; Harrison has moldable traits and a ton of upside," Kelly wrote.
  • Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network (Round 1): B-. "Anton Harrison has a lot of untapped potential in his game. He's a fantastic athlete for the position and has the ideal amount of length to ward off opposing pass rushers," Miller wrote.
  • Fox Sports: B-. "With its first three picks, Jacksonville took an offensive tackle, tight end and running back who should all play key roles as rookies," Fox wrote.
  • Mark Maske, Washington Post: C+. "The Jaguars traded back twice in the opening round before taking T Anton Harrison; addressing the offensive line was justified," Maske wrote.
  • Vinny Iyer, Sporting News: C. "The Jaguars had to lock into offensive tackle early after losing Jawaan Taylor in free agency and learning of Cam Robinson's looming suspension. They also weren't lower because of some good versatility later," Iyer wrote.
  • Ryan Gosling, Pro Football Network: C. "While the class certainly could have been worse, a team that had a TON of capital and a lot of franchise momentum simply had a bit of an uninspiring go of things," Gosling wrote.
  • Bucky Brooks, (Round 1): No grade. "The Jaguars had to alter course following the news of Cam Robinson's suspension, so they bring in a raw, athletic tackle; with good length, balance and body control, Harrison is a nice ball of clay the coaching staff can mold into a solid pro."
  • Danny Kelly, the Ringer (All Rounds): C-. "I wasn't a huge fan of what the Jaguars did over the first two days of the draft; I did like what the team did on day three, though," Kelly wrote.

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