While the 2022 preseason has yet to kick off, there are a few people in the football community whose job it is to study the draft ahead of time. As a result, trial projects are published throughout the year, and many of them prove to be of interest to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
So it was in Pro Football Network’s last two-round draftwhat James Fragosa did. Despite the resources the Jags spent on their defense, including investing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 draft in Travon Walker, he forced the Jags to take teammate and linebacker Jalen Carter with the No. 5 overall pick.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Much has been made of the Georgian defense that won the national championship last season, and for good reason. While the division sent five players to the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, arguably their top prospect is back in school. Jalen Carter is a 6ft 3in 310lb DT with an impressive arm length, huge twitches and explosions, and a vat of stored power. Throw him into any scheme and he will thrive. Fifth place overall could end up being his floor as genuine inside pass threats become increasingly rare.
Some fans might be puzzled by this, but those on Walker’s footage have noticed Carter as well. Also, this choice isn’t all that surprising, because the Jaguars don’t have a defensive tackle that’s known for getting into the pocket, although someone can show up and become one in the regular season.
As for the second round, Fragosa put the Jaguars in the position that many fans think they need most: wide receiver. The player they ended up with was Jermain Burton of Alabama.
Burton moved from Georgia this season and will join a potential top-four quarterback in quarterback Bryce Young, which could help him improve after a season where he registered just under 500 yards with the Bulldogs. At 6ft 0in, he will bring the Yags a target that wins by surprise and has good hands. He can also catch the ball in traffic, which is important considering how different windows are in the NFL.
In addition to the uncertainty that the Jags now have as a wide receiver, next season they will also have the top two wide receivers to become free agents between Marvin Jones Jr. and Laquon Treadwell. The loss of Jones, in particular, could leave a big void, so fans can bet their money that Jags staff will be keeping an eye on receivers when the college football season kicks off.