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Oliver to the Jaguars at No. 69: "A big guy who can go up and make plays…"

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars moved to improve two offensive needs Friday night.

Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo liked both moves.

Shortly after addressing offensive line early in Round 2, the Jaguars on Friday night used the first of their two third-round 2019 NFL Draft selections to select San Jose State University tight end Josh Oliver.

Oliver was the No. 69 selection overall.

"It's huge," DeFilippo told Friday.

Oliver (6-feet-5, 249 pounds) started 36 of 49 games in college and was a first-team All-Mountain West selection this past season. He caught 98 passes for 1,067 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons, catching 56 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

"I couldn't feel better about the landing spot, the things they do with the tight ends in their offense," Oliver said.

Oliver called the early part of Round 3 "about the range" he thought he would be selected, and said he believes he got a good idea of how he will be used when making a pre-draft visit to the Jaguars.

"We got to talk to some extent about the offense, how he [DeFilippo] uses tight ends and how he likes to move them around and do all kinds of stuff with them," he said.

DeFilippo called Oliver a "big guy" and "a great athlete who can go up and make plays."

"He can make a play on the football and line up in a bunch of different spots," DeFilippo said.

DeFilippo coached quarterbacks at San Jose State in 2010 and served as SJSU's offensive coordinator/quarterback coach in 2011-2012. He worked with current SJSU Head Coach Brent Brennan at San Jose State in 2010.

"I know his college coach very well," DeFilippo said of Oliver. "They love him there. They're very happy he's a Jaguar. He's a great character kid and a hard worker. We were very fortunate Josh was available when we picked."

Tight end was considered a pre-draft need for the Jaguars, who struggled to produce yards in the passing game at the position last season. The team considered selecting Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson at No. 7 overall before selecting Kentucky edge player Josh Allen at the spot.

DeFilippo utilizes a tight-end friendly scheme, and new quarterback Nick Foles utilized tight ends extensively while quarterbacking the Eagles the past two seasons. DeFilippo served as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach in 2016-2017.

"They laid it down that they have big expectations for the tight end in their offense in how they do things around there," Oliver said.

The Jaguars selected right tackle Jawaan Taylor No. 35 overall – the third selection of Round 2.

"Those were two huge needs for us," DeFilippo said. "They were huge. The fact that we got a guy like Jawaan Taylor … he's athletic. We were talking about taking him in the first round. He was in that conversation early in the first round for us.

"The fact that we got that type of player at that part of the draft is very fortunate for us."

The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected San Jose State TE Josh Oliver in the third round.

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