The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected University of Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after trading up with the Oakland Raiders. The Jaguars were expected to bolster their offensive line in the draft and decided to address it in second round with the player many mocked the Jaguars to take with the No. 7 overall pick.
The Jaguars actually gained a pick in the deal for Taylor, giving up their 2nd round pick and fourth round pick, but got back the Raiders second round pick, fifth round pick and seventh round pick.
The Jaguars currently have a logjam of guys to compete for the starting right tackle position and Taylor should slot right into the competition and be the likely favorite. Offensive line was a big issue for the Jaguars last season, in large part because the team was starting backups of backups of backups of guys just signed the week prior by the end of the season.
Taylor played predominantly right tackle for Florida since he was a freshman, having a cup of coffee as a left tackle for the final two games of his Sophomore season, but outside of that was always on the right side. That’s exactly where he will slot in with the Jaguars and should be their Week 1 starter at right tackle.