Official: Taylor signs rookie contract

TaylorSigning

JACKSONVILLE – A busy day of signings continued into the night.

Right tackle Jawaan Taylor has signed his rookie contract with the Jaguars, leaving just two of the team’s 2019 draft selections unsigned.

Taylor, a second-round selection and the No. 35 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, signed Thursday evening.

“It’s the best feeling of all time,” Taylor said. “I’ve been dreaming this since I was a kid. I feel great about it. Me having an opportunity to sign that contract and fulfill my dreams … it’s been a dream come true, so definitely hats off to all the people who helped me through the process.”

Taylor (6-feet-5, 312 pounds), 21, started three seasons at Florida and forewent his senior season. He started 35 of 47 games, earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from Athlon Sports as a junior. The Jaguars projected Taylor as a first-round selection, and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said after the draft the chance to select Taylor made the Jaguars’ draft.

“It feels real now,” Taylor said upon signing. “I’m signed and I’m here at the facility soaking it in. It’s a major blessing for me.”

Taylor and the rest of the 2019 rookie class are expected to participate in the team’s rookie minicamp, which runs Friday through Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

“I really just want to learn from the coaches and from the staff and just go out and get better and perfect my craft,” Taylor said.

The Jaguars now have signed five members of the 2019 draft class. They signed seventh-round defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, sixth-round quarterback Gardner Minshew, fifth-round running back Ryquell Amstead and third-round tight end Josh Oliver earlier Thursday.

Edge defender Josh Allen (Round 1, No. 7 overall) and linebacker Quincy Williams (Round 4, No. 98 overall) remain unsigned.

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