JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The excitement was building as Jaguars fans eagerly await the team's first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars picked edge rusher Josh Allen out of Kentucky on Thursday night. He was mocked much higher in most drafts than No. 7.
"Oh I think we definitely needed it, especially for his arm extension and ability to catch like that," said Kaylan Boree, a Jaguars fan. "We're super stoked, and I had a feeling we were going to get him."
"I really wanted an offensive player. I would've liked, I don't know, some more weapons for Nick Foles," said Jaguars fan Tyler Diminick. "I'm happy with it. It was the best defensive pick."
"I think that he will be an asset to the team. Clearly they saw a lot of potential in him," said Jaguars fan Kristin Shoemaker. "I think that they definitely made the right pick."
Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, who seemed destined for Jacksonville before Josh Allen fell to the Jaguars, went at the eighth pick one spot later to Detroit.
Two Jaguars alumni will head to Nashville to announce Jacksonville’s selections in the second and third rounds.
Jacksonville’s second-round selection (38th overall) will be announced by former Jaguars LB Kevin Hardy, a first-round pick in 1996. Hardy had 28.5 career sacks in six seasons with the team, which is tied for fifth in franchise history. Former Jaguars K Josh Scobee, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 1,022 career points, will announce one of the Jaguars’ third-round picks (69th or 98th overall).
Day 3 of the NFL Draft annually features round-by-round picks from unique locations around the country and across the globe. London will once again play a starring role in the NFL Draft as Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook will announce the Jaguars’ fourth-round pick (109th overall) from the U.K. alongside Rishi Kohli, the Jaguars U.K. winner of the “You Make the Pick” sweepstakes presented by Lycamobile. The Jaguars have committed to playing one home game each year in London through 2020 and will play AFC South division rival Houston on Nov. 3, 2019, at Wembley Stadium.
The Jaguars’ sixth-round selection (178th overall) will be announced live from TIAA Bank Field at the Axalta Spas in a pool party featuring Jaguars fans and Jaxson de Ville.
Jaguars fan and local Jacksonville resident David Yarborough, who won this year’s “You Make the Pick” sweepstakes presented by P&G, will make the official announcement.