Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Analysis: The Jags thought they got a steal at pick 7 and they were right. Allen had 44 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles his rookie season.
Pick: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Analysis: The Jags landed a 16 game starter at right tackle in the second round. That doesn’t happen often.
Pick: TE Josh Oliver, San Jose St.
Analysis: Oliver played in just 4 games before getting hurt. He had 3 catches for 15 yards.
Pick: LB Quincy Williams, Murray State
Analysis: Williams had 48 tackles in 11 games. He started 8 of those before getting hurt and placed on I.R.
Pick: RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple
Analysis: Armstead ran for 108 yards on the season. He added 14 receptions for 144 yards with two touchdowns. That’s good value for a fifth-rounder.
Pick: QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
Analysis: The Jaguars may have found their quarterback of the future in the 6th round of the 2019 Draft. Minshew ran hot and cold but finished the season with 3,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. This was one of the biggest steals of the entire Draft.
Pick: DT Dontavius Russell, Auburn
Analysis: Russell was active for 3 games and had 4 tackles. I’m sure his mama is proud but that isn’t quite enough for points.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 18.5/16 115% A+
The Jaguars nailed their 2019 Draft class and got impact players on both sides of the ball. They were given a gift with Josh Allen falling into their laps at pick 7. He produced instantly giving the team 10.5 sacks as a rookie. He’s going to be a good one for a long time. They found a 16 game starter at right tackle with another gift in Jawaan Taylor. He fell all the way into round 2 when many had him pegged a surefire top 15 pick. Third-round pick Josh Oliver got hurt before he could begin providing value to his draft slot. Their other third-rounder LB Quincy Williams also got hurt early in the season but did accumulate 48 tackles which is still decent production. The biggest steal of this Draft could be the quarterback the Jaguars took in Round 6. Gardner Minshew was thrust into action after Nick Foles got hurt. He won the fans and his teammates over with his creepy mustache and ballsy play. He could very well end up being the team’s quarterback of the future. With guys coming back fully healthy in year two, this grade should stay right about where it is. If Minshew doesn’t end up becoming a starter the grade could dip in a few years. Overall, it was a great class for the Jaguars, which unfortunately didn’t yield them a lot of wins.