Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|4||RB||Leonard Fournette||Louisiana State|
|240||FB||Marquez Williams||Miami FL|
Best Value: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
Pairing the Jaguars’ need for improved offensive line play with the addition of Leonard Fournette in the running game and this pick is a match made in heaven. Robinson was a top 5 overall player on my 2017 Draft board, so the Jaguars did well to target a high upside prospect and get great value.
Obviously, Robinson is not a player without risk; otherwise he would have never slipped to 34 overall. The Jaguars’ trade for Branden Albert will provide Robinson with a mentor and professional to learn from and lean on in his early career.
Worst Value: WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
Westbrook is an exciting athlete with the ball in his hands and he runs crisp routes. The problem is he doesn’t always catch the ball cleanly and he’s pretty one dimensional; physical defenders can push him off his spot at the catch point or easily engulf him at the top of his routes.
Westbrook is capable of being a quality caliber of a deeper group of receivers. Like Robinson, Westbrook has some off the field issues that need to be watched carefully; he already has two domestic incidents to his name entering the league.
On the field, Westbrook is pure finesse and will be restricted to slot. The competition for reps will make all parties better; as Allen Hurns, Rashad Greene and Westbrook battle for targets.
Could Surprise: LB Blair Brown, Ohio
Brown was a mid-round favorite of a lot of us here at NDT Scouting. His alignment on the depth chart as the backup SAM LB is encouraging; as I think he’ll have a lot of success there playing into the point of attack and clogging up running lanes.
Brown’s profile was hurt by his frame; he’s a short, stocky LB but he’s got notable pop and is a stout run defender. I think Brown can be the third piece to a quality LB corps in Jacksonville alongside 2016 2nd round selection Myles Jack and the rangy Telvin Smith.