Round 2, Pick 56: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
While the Jacksonville Jaguars did tag Engram, nothing has been completed long-term just yet. He’ll clearly be a big part of the offense in 2023, but do the Jaguars want to continue to pay $11 million for that type of production when a strong rookie class at tight end is in the waiting in the 2023 NFL Draft? Don’t rule it out.
Sam LaPorta is the pick for the Jaguars here in the second round. LaPorta is a very good receiving threat at the position, racking up 2.20 yards per route run against power five competition per PFF. His ability to flex out into the slot and out wide and win as a route runners is evidence of the threat he can be in a similar role in Jacksonville. LaPorta is also difficult to bring down after the catch, and is reliable as they come working the middle of the field against zone coverage.
Round 3, Pick 88: Jartavius Martin, SAF/DB, Illinois
While the need isn’t immense in the Jacksonville secondary, the Jaguars are looking for someone to man the slot. Brian Branch is a popular pick with the slot experience, but if they want that role later, Jartavius Martin can be the guy. He’s played a ton of slot snaps and snaps as a box defender, playing with impressive closing speed and processing speed. Martin also can play as a deep safety, giving the Jaguars some flexibility for the long-term.