Jaguars getting passing grades for first-round draft picks

Florida cornerback CJ Henderson, left, and LSU linebacker/defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson were the Jaguars first-round picks on Thursday night. (Getty)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One round of the NFL draft is in the books and the Jaguars picked up two players on the defensive side of the ball that they hope will help address major holes.

The consensus around the country is that Jacksonville did very well on Thursday night by drafting Florida cornerback CJ Henderson ninth overall and LSU linebacker/defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson 20th. That’s two major holes Jacksonville addressed.

Here’s what we had to say about the selections on Thursday night, first with Henderson and next with Chaisson.

If the Jags are to have a successful season – and as Gene Frenette wrote in the TU a bright future it starts with a virtual home run in this virtual draft. News4Jax sports analyst and former Jags Quarterback Mark Brunnell joins me here on TMS .... The message with the first two picks was clear - get better on defense.

Here are the national grades and what those media outlets are saying.

Bleacher Report

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B+

No. 20: LB/Edge, K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU, C+

CBS Sports

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B+

No. 20: LB/Edge, K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU, B+

NFL.com

Day 1 grade: A

The Ringer

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, B+

SB Nation

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, Pass

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, Pass

Sports Illustrated

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B+

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, B

Sporting News

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, A+

USA Today

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, B

Yahoo

No. 9: CB, CJ Henderson, Florida, B+

No. 20: LB/Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, B


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.