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Solid grades from national media across the board for Jaguars after first round of draft

An image of Clemson running back Travis Etienne is displayed on stage after he was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
An image of Clemson running back Travis Etienne is displayed on stage after he was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first round of the NFL draft is in the books and the grades from national media are rolling in. How did the Jaguars do in Thursday night’s first round?

Seth Galina, Pro Football Focus

He labeled the Jaguars an honorable mention loser of the first round, largely for their selection of Travis Etienne at No. 25.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

An A for Trevor Lawrence and a D for Travis Etienne. He thinks Etienne is a home-run back, but the Jaguars were the wrong team to pick him.

Mel Kiper, ESPN

He listed the Jaguars as first-round winners

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

An A+ grade on Trevor Lawrence and a C+ grade on Travis Etienne. Prisco said the Jaguars will win a Super Bowl with Lawrence.

Rob Rang, Fox Sports

An A+ grade for Trevor Lawrence and a B for Travis Etienne. “A surprising pick does not make it a bad one.”

Chad Reuter, NFL.com

An overall A grade, but the selection of Travis Etienne is more of a depth pick than a need.

Ben Rolfe, Pro Football Network

A+ for Trevor Lawrence and a C+ for Travis Etienne. He calls the pick of Etienne “ill-advised” since there were other pressing needs.

Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report

A for Trevor Lawrence and a D for Travis Etienne. He said the latter pick “didn’t make sense.”


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.