Josh Allen stumbled a bit, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were right there to take advantage. The former Kentucky Wildcats star is one of the most special athletes to enter the NFL in the last few years, and he joins a Jaguars front seven filled with those kinds of players. Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, and Allen could form an unfair nucleus of talent for the Jaguars up front.
There’s almost nothing Allen can’t do as a player. He’s incredibly fast, he can cover, he can destroy running backs, and he’s one of the three elite pass rushing prospects in this year’s class, along with Quinnen Williams and Nick Bosa. Allen will be a nightmare for everyone on the other side of the ball, and the Jaguars defense wasn’t exactly short on “nightmares”.
Jacksonville also picked up another top-10 caliber prospect in Jawaan Taylor, who slid into the second round before the Jags pounced. They’ve desperately needed a tackle upgrade on the offensive line, and they cannot set up Nick Foles to fail this year, whether he’s a stopgap option for them or not. Taylor’s draft day fall remains puzzling, but he has huge potential and will immediately help running back Leonard Fournette. And, yes, Fournette could use the help. At worst, Taylor is a Day 1 starter and an upgrade over Will Richardson at right tackle.
Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, AJ Cann, and Jawaan Taylor could honestly be one of the league’s better lines, especially with Norwell and Linder as standouts in the middle, and all eyes will be on Taylor’s development. If Taylor is as good as some analysts believe, the Jaguars line could have made quite the turn-around from years past.