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DRAFT: Jacksonville Jaguars Begin NFL Draft with Wildcats’ Josh Allen

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The Jacksonville Jaguars selected former Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen with the seventh overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Allen, 6-5, 262, did not miss a game in his four-year career, playing in all 51 games with 35 starts. He totaled 224 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 31.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, two FFs and eight passes defensed.

In 2018, Allen had a team-high 88 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 21.5 TFL and five forced fumbles, earning consensus first-team All-America honors, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was honored with the Bronko Nagurski Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player.

Allen’s 17.0 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a single season since the NCAA started official sack records in 2000 and he ranked second nationally in sacks, fourth in fumbles forced and sixth in TFL. As a junior in 2017, Allen earned Associated Press All-SEC Second Team, Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team and was a Butkus Award semifinalist after totaling 65 tackles, 9.5 TFL and 7.0 sacks.

Allen started nine games as a sophomore in 2016 and played in all 12 games as a freshman in 2015. Allen is only the second Wildcat ever drafted by the Jaguars, and the first since Jacksonville selected safety Marlon McCree in 2001 in the seventh round. He was the eighth defensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Jaguars and the third in the last five drafts.

  • The Jaguars selected former University of Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor with the 35th overall selection. Jacksonville obtained the 35th overall selection (second round), the 140th overall selection (fifth round) and the 235th overall selection (seventh round) in a trade with Oakland for the 38th overall selection (second round) and the 109th overall selection (fourth round). Taylor, 6-5, 312, started 35 of 37 career games in three seasons for the Gators. As a junior in 2018, he appeared in all 13 games and started 12 at right tackle, as Florida’s offensive line allowed just 18 sacks over the course of the entire season. Taylor earned second-team All-SEC honors and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in his final season. In 2017, he started all 11 games, the first nine at right tackle and the final two at left tackle. As a freshman, Taylor garnered freshmen All-America honors by ESPN.com, FWAA and Pro Football Focus.
  • Jacksonville elected former San José State tight end Josh Oliver with the 69th overall selection (third round).  Oliver, 6-5, 249, played in 49 games (36 starts) at San José State and totaled 98 receptions for 1,067 yards. As a senior in 2018, he earned first-team All-Mountain West and recorded 56 catches for 709 yards and four TDs. Oliver’s 709 receiving yards were fifth nationally among FBS tight ends and second on San José State. In 2017, Oliver had a breakout junior season, recording 35 catches for 296 yards after registering four catches as a freshman and three catches as a sophomore.
  • Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams was selected with the 98th overall selection in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams, 5’11, 225, played in 43 collegiate games and recorded 231 tackles (142 solo), 18 tackles for loss, nine PBUs, three INTs and three forced fumbles. In 2018, Williams led Murray State with 111 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two INTs and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2017, Williams played in 11 games (10 starts) and finished fourth on the team with 57 tackles. Oliver is the second player from Murray State to be drafted by the Jaguars, joining DE Austen Lane who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • Temple running back RyQuell Armstead was picked with the 140th overall selection (fifth round). Jacksonville obtained the 35th overall selection (second round), the 140th overall selection (fifth round) and the 235th overall selection (seventh round) in a trade with Oakland for the 38th overall selection (second round) and the 109th overall selection (fourth round). The Jaguars selected OT Jawaan Taylor with the 35th overall selection on Friday night. Armstead, 5-11, 220, played in 47 collegiate games and recorded 2,812 career rushing yards and 34 TDs on 573 attempts (4.9 rush avg.). As a senior in 2018, he finished 10th in the nation in rushing TDs (13) and 11th in rushing yards per game (115.8) and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors. Armstead also recorded a sack in a game against Tulsa, becoming the third player in the FBS since 2000 to rush for 100 yards and register a sack in the same game.
  • Jacksonville chose former Washington State QB Gardner Minshew with the 178th overall selection. Minshew, 6-1, 225, played at Washington State in 2018 after playing for East Carolina in 2016 and 2017. He had a prolific senior campaign at Washington State, finishing fifth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting and being named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 4,779 yards and 38 TDs. Minshew’s 367.6 passing yards per game and 468 completions both led the FBS and he was the only player in the NCAA to record six 400-yard passing games and 11 300-yard passing games. Prior to playing for East Carolina from 2016-17, Minshew was a national champion at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2015. Minshew is the third selection in Jaguars history from Washington State and first since 2000 (DE Rob Meier).
  • With the team’s final selection (235th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected defensive lineman Dontavius Russell. Russell, 6-3, 320, was a four-year starter from 2015-18 for the Tigers and appeared in 52 games (49 starts) and recorded 154 career tackles. In 2018, he started every game and earned second-team All-SEC honors from Lindy’s and AL.com after recording 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Russell, who earned an invite to the 2019 Senior Bowl, became the third player from Auburn to be drafted by the Jaguars in franchise history.

DRAFT NOTES: The Jaguars have now drafted 26 players from Florida-based colleges or universities in 25 years. Jacksonville’s last five picks in the first three rounds have been from the Southeastern Conference….Taylor is the 11th player from the University of Florida to be drafted by the Jaguars, following DL Taven Bryan (29th overall) in 2018. The Jaguars’ 11 draft selections from the University of Florida are the most among any college or university….Oliver is the second player from San José State to be drafted by the Jaguars, joining WR John Broussard in 2007 (229th overall). He is the seventh tight end to be drafted by Jacksonville and first since TE Ben Koyack in 2015…..Armstead is the second player from Temple to be drafted by the Jaguars, joining DT Terrance Knighton, who was selected in the third round in 2009….the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with the following 21 undrafted rookie free agents including defensive tackle Khairi Clark of Florida and UCF wide receiver Dredrick Snelson.



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