Jaguars hit on majority of targets in draft but still need a pass-catching TE

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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In a draft considered pivotal for Urban Meyer to help bring forth sustained success, the Jaguars got their franchise quarterback and explosive big-play running back in the first round.

But beyond quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, the Jaguars also landed a majority of their targets in the final two days of the draft. 

They filled needs on their defensive line, at cornerback, safety and addressed depth concerns at offensive tackle.

Former Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell, a second-round pick, is expected to challenge CJ Henderson for the starting cornerback job opposite of veteran Shaquill Griffin, who signed in free agency.

Offensive tackle Walker Little, a second-round pick, provides depth and competition for Cam Robinson, who is playing under the franchise tag and could be a free agent after this season.     

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer listens to a questino during Friday afternoon's press conference at TIAA Bank Field.

Still, the Jaguars didn't get the pass-catching tight end that was deemed as a need. And the Jaguars bypassed an opportunity to select Miami Hurricanes tight end Brevin Jordan and instead took Ohio State tight end Luke Farrell in the fifth round on Day 3.

Farrell played for Meyer at Ohio State, but he was primarily a blocker and special teams player in four years. In four seasons, Farrell caught  34 passes with four receiving touchdowns.

Jordan was the fifth-best rated tight end prospect by Pro Football Focus, catching 105 career passes for 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns.  In four seasons, Farrell caught  34 passes with four receiving touchdowns.

Meyer said tight end remains a position of concern because they didn't get the horizontal threat needed for Lawrence. However, they could explore trying to acquire one through a trade.

''There was quality (in draft), but not quantity,'' Meyer said about the tight ends in the draft. 

Meyer also confirmed Saturday that former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow worked out for Jaguars tight end coach Tyler Bowen. Though he has a close relationship with Tebow, whom he coached at Florida and won two national championships, Meyer said extending him the workout had everything to do with trying to win.     

The Jaguars sought instant-impact players and they clearly got it with Lawrence and Etienne, but they also made a few selections where the plan is to wait on their development.  

Safety Andre Cisco, a third-round selection, clearly has the skill set to be impactful. But he has played only 11 games in the past two seasons due to injuries. Cisco is coming off an ACL injury that required surgery and missed four games in 2019 with a lower-body injury. Cisco will compete with starter Jarrod Wilson at free safety.   

Little opted out from playing last season for the Cardinal because of COVID-19 precautions. In 2019, he missed all but the first game of the 2019 season because of a left knee injury. 

''We didn't deviate at all,'' Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said. ''All nine guys we drafted were the highest rated on our board at the time of their selection. We just follow the board. We build the board off value, put the best players high on the board and cascade it down from there and then let the board speak.'' 

Meyer admitted that it broke his heart when Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney came off the board when he was selected by the New York Giants at No. 20 overall in the first round. Meyer praised Toney's playmaking ability. 

''We started the draft with a bunch of holes and left it with a bunch of holes,'' Meyer said.

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