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Jaguars address defense, pick up QB, WR, TE on Day 3 of NFL draft

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars had a busy final day of the NFL draft on Saturday, with eight selections. Here are the choices.

Round 4

116. Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s University (Minn.)

The Jaguars needed some reinforcements along the offensive line and addressed that early Saturday with the selection of Bartch, who played at Division III St. John’s. Bartch (6-6, 309 pounds) was a tight end when he arrived on campus but added weight and moved to left tackle during his junior season. Bartch was first-team All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a senior. Bartch said that he put on 86 pounds in college.

137. Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State

He had seven interceptions in his 30-game career with the Spartans. Scott was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last year. Jacksonville needs depth at corner and Scott, as well as first-rounder CJ Henderson, have added that in the draft. Scott’s size (5-9, 185 pounds) isn’t ideal but he’s going to be in the mix for playing time.

140. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami

A hometown star, Quarterman was a dominant high school player at Oakleaf and grew up in the area. At Miami, he was a force from the moment he set foot on campus and became a four-year starter and multi-year All-ACC selection. He’s a physical inside backer and will provide depth on a unit that was banged up last season. Quarterman (6-0, 234 pounds) started every game of his career with the Hurricanes.

Round 5

157. Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn

A two-year starter, Thomas had 199 career tackles and five interceptions in his career. He’s 5-10 and 215 pounds and adds much-needed safety help to the Jaguars, who have Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson among the top players returning.

165. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

At 6-6, 222 pounds, Johnson is a big, big target for QB Gardner Minshew II. He played in 45 games with the Longhorns and made 29 starts. He had 188 catches for 2,624 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. At worst, Johnson is a big, big red zone target for Jacksonville, which was miserable inside the 20 last year. He’s not a burner, but Johnson is a big body.

Round 6

189. Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State

This selection shows that the Jaguars are all in on Minshew. They didn’t target a QB in the earlier rounds, instead picking up Luton (6-6, 224 pounds) as a sixth-rounder. He excelled last season for the Beavers, passing for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

206. Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech

After signing Tyler Eifert in free agency, tight end wasn’t as high on the draft board for the Jaguars, but they still need playmakers at the position. We don’t know what last year’s third-round pick, Josh Oliver, will evolve into after an injured-plagued rookie year. He’s 6-4 and 250 pounds and had 17 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown last year as a grad transfer after spending the bulk of his career at UConn. Probably more of a developmental prospect at this point.4

Round 7

223. Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis

Their final choice was, no surprise, another defensive player. A converted receiver who moved to corner in 2018, he’s still somewhat new to the position. He played in nine games for the Tigers in 2019 and had 42 total tackles and an interception. He was also important in the return game, with 11 kickoff returns for 334 yards and a touchdown.


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