Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars Post-Draft 2023 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Jacksonville Jaguars in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most improved: Running back

It's tempting to say receiver because of the addition of Calvin Ridley, but that was already a pretty good position group. Running back in 2022 was Travis Etienne Jr. and ... a banged-up James Robinson and JaMycal Hasty. They added D'Ernest Johnson -- who capably filled in for Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb in Cleveland in 2021 -- in free agency and drafted Auburn's Tank Bigsby in the third round. There's much better depth now behind Etienne and Bigsby will be a boost to the team's short-yardage struggles.

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

On a weekend in which the AFC South got a lot more compelling, the Jaguars quietly went about their business. The first-round selection of Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison had some added intrigue following the news that starting left tackle Cam Robinson is facing a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Harrison played nearly his entire college career at left tackle, but profiles as the starting right tackle in 2023 (with third-year reserve Walker Little likely covering the blind side during Robinson's absence). Jacksonville continued to build around Trevor Lawrence with its next two picks, selecting tight end Brenton Strange and running back Tank Bigsby.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

They didn't do a lot in free agency, but this is based on the growth of a lot of young players, especially Trevor Lawrence. The schedule is also very favorable.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

They're likely to benefit from playing in what projects as the AFC's weakest division, but they could progress into title contenders if 2022 first-round defenders Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd enjoy sophomore surges.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Draft takeaway: Cam Robinson's looming suspension might have pushed Oklahoma's Anton Harrison up the Jaguars' board at No. 27 overall, but now they have a replacement plan while entering the post-Jawaan Taylor era. With second-round tight end Brenton Strange and third-round running back Tank Bigsby, the early-round picks were all in service of surrounding Trevor Lawrence with enough talent to make this a top-five offense.

Hype man: Here are the quarterbacks in NFL history who have thrown for over 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns with fewer than 10 interceptions before their age-24 season: Deshaun Watson, Trevor Lawrence. We have a stud.

D'Ernest Downer: Cool arbitrary endpoints, my guy. Lower your passing yards threshold a few hundred yards and all of a sudden Josh Freeman and Marcus Mariota join the group. Calm down.

PFF -- Rank: 12

Harrison allowed just nine total pressures from 447 pass-blocking snaps in 2022. With Cam Robinson suspended for the first six games of the 2023 season, the Jaguars needed to find a tackle to start in his place, and Harrison can do just that. Additionally, 2021 second-rounder Walker Little has never started a full season at tackle in his career, so if he struggles on the left side, Harrison has the flexibility and experience from college to play there.

PFT -- Rank: 13

Rising team, with one asterisk. For all borderline playoff teams, the most important rookie this year might be tackle Anton Harrison, picked 27th by GM Trent Baalke after starting 24 games at Oklahoma, because of the free-agent loss of right tackle Jawaan Taylor and the looming PED suspension, reportedly, of left tackle Cam Robinson.

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