What Dave Caldwell has done in this draft is not getting enough recognition. He spent the 1st round adding two potential defensive stars. Rounds 2 and 3 brought in a playmaking WR and a run stuffing NT. With 8 picks on Day 3, the Jaguars added more depth has been added across the board and possibly some impact players.
116. OT Ben Bartch, St. Johns (MN)
Ben Bartch is the first pick on day 3 for the Jaguars. Bartch is a converted tight end out of Saint John’s of Minnesota (D-III). He is relatively new to the position with only two years of experience, but offers immense upside. He has all the physical tools GM’s desire, along with a high football IQ. There were some questions initially due to the competition he faced, but showed up big time and more than held his own against top prospects at the Senior Bowl. Because of limited experience he projects as a swing tackle initially, but has all the tools to turn into a top flight tackle. Simply a fantastic get at this point in the draft.
137. CB Josiah Scott, Michigan State
The Jags used their second 4th round pick on Josiah Scott out of Michigan State. He started all 30 games he played and recorded a career-high 55 tackles in 2019. Scott is a little undersized at 5’9″, but he makes up for it with his 4.4 speed, ballhawking skills, and coverage ability. Following the current trend, Michigan State coaches have lauded him for his work ethic and character. He should see plenty of run in nickel and dime packages as Caldwell adds another high upside player to this defense.
140. LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
The Jaguars keep adding to the defense in day 3 with Shaquille Quarterman out of Miami. Quarterman is a Jacksonville area native who was extremely productive and durable throughout his career. He was named a starter from day one and never missed a game in his 4 year career earning 4 All-ACC nominations. The Jaguars are incredibly high on him and are excited to have the former Hurricanes team captain in the locker room.
“I think there is more of just kind of a coincidence deal, it wouldn’t matter if he wasn’t from here. I think it’s a bonus he is from here because he is a quality kid and a really good football player. But I don’t think just because he’s hometown that’s why we would select him. This kids a four-year starter, productive, smart, tough, all-about-ball, alpha male, leader, locker room guy. Kind of a guy you don’t mess with there, he’s been running the show since a freshman.”Jaguars director of college scouting Mark Ellenz
Quarterman finished ninth in school history with 359 tackles, with 101 of those and 15.5 tackles for loss coming in his senior year. He has limitations in coverage, but should be a big part of this defense for years to come.
157. S Daniel Thomas, Auburn
The Jaguars land safety Daniel Thomas out of Auburn with the first of two 5th round selections. He started his collegiate career strong, intercepting Jalen Hurts twice in the 2016 Iron Bowl and earning an SEC All-Freshman Second Team nomination. By his senior year he was named the team captain (see the trend here?). He is expected to be a rotational piece in the secondary and will most likely earn his way playing on special teams.
165. WR Collin Johnson, Texas
The Jaguars give Gardner Minshew another weapon on day 3. Johnson lacks elite top end speed, but makes up for it with his massive 6’6″ frame. He played mostly on the outside at Texas, and will be a nice safety blanket for Gardner Minshew as well as a red zone threat.
On top of his receiving acumen he is a ferocious blocker in the run game and should help this teams runners get some holes on the outside. I don’t see much of a fantasy impact for him this year, but has the potential to turn into a touchdown machine assuming Minshew pans out. One more relevant tidbit, he was a team captain at Texas last year.
189. QB Jake Luton, Oregon State
The Jaguars added some depth behind Minshew in QB Jake Luton out of Oregon State. Luton brings a big arm and plenty of experience in a pro style offense to Jacksonville. His 5,227 passing yards and 42 career touchdowns are good for 7th and 5th all time at Oregon State. He is more of a developmental project at this point, but has the tools to succeed given the right coaching.
206. TE Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech
A former QB at the University of Connecticut, Davis comes to the Jaguars as after being a graduate transfer at tight end for Georgia Tech. A long time QB, he made the switch at UConn after Brandon Shirreffs led the team a bowl game and coaches wanted to find a way to get him on the field. Between his time with the Huskies and Yellow Jackets, he had 64 catches for 648 yards and 8 touchdowns. He joins a crowded tight end room and will have to make a strong impression in camp to make the final 53.
223. CB Chris Claybrooks, Memphis
The Jaguars finish off day 3 by selecting Chris Claybrooks out of the University of Memphis. He transitioned from receiver to corner coming out of Junior College and is still incredibly raw after missing most of 2019. He has a long way to go to becoming a contributor on defense, but with 4.3 speed offers plenty of upside as a returner and special teams ace. The main route to him making the team is to either win the KR/PR role and/or contribute on special teams.
Day 3 Summary
This may be Dave Caldwell’s best draft yet. After adding impact players on both sides of the ball in rounds 1-3, he spent round 4-7 plugging holes with high character and high upside players. Time will tell if these players pan out on the field, however, he added multiple former team captains to the locker room and is well on his way to changing the culture in Jacksonville. Minshew should have no shortage of weapons and this defense has the potential to earn the “Sacksonville” title once again.