LAMM AT LARGE: Jaguars draft deserves high marks

LAMM AT LARGE: Jaguars draft deserves high marks

By: David Lamm

It won’t take long to know just how good the Jaguars draft class is. If the Jaguars are to regain contender status, their top three, maybe four, draft picks will have to make sufficient contributions right away.

First-round pick Josh Allen will have to be as good a pass-rusher as advertised.

Second-round pick Jawaan Taylor will have to take over at right tackle and play well.

Third-round pick Josh Oliver will have to at least share tight end duties with free agent signee Geoff Swaim, giving QB Nick Foles a go-to receiver on third down and in the red zone.

It would certainly help if the other third-round pick, Quincy Williams, improves a shaky linebacker situation. Telvin Smith’s future is up in the air. After a poor 2018 season, Smith is a no-show at voluntary workouts. Reports of him being asked to take a pay cut or being traded are circulating.

That’s asking a lot of this draft class, but it’s possible. Based on the value given these picks, the Jaguars deserve an “A” right now for the class.