3 inside OL options for Jags in Rounds 3-4

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have several needs before the draft, and finding an inside offensive lineman could be one of them. After all, they lost their best offensive lineman, Brandon Linder, who was their starter at center the past eight seasons after deciding to retire this offseason.

General manager Trent Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson already have a possible replacement on offensive lineman Tyler Shatley’s roster. The team re-signed him to a new two-year deal this offseason.

Jacksonville acquired Shatley in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. He served as a back-up to Linder for most of his career and also stood in on guard when needed. However, due to his versatility, the team has options if a really good inside offensive lineman comes their way.

Looking at the draft, they could mostly find an inside line prospect in the second half of Day 2 or Day 3. Here are three versatile options the Jaguars could take:

February 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; Team USA offensive lineman Jamaree Sayer of Georgia (68) and Memphis offensive lineman Dylan Parham (56) in the second half against the National Team in the Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY Sports

Parham initially came to Memphis as a tight end but quickly moved to the offensive line in the spring of 2018, where he became a four-year starter. He’s only played both guard and right tackle with the Tigers, but some league teams want to put him in center (which he did in the Senior Bowl).

The Jaguars have done their homework on Parham. They sent their offensive line coach, Phil Rauscher, to his pro day in March. Parham is considered by many to be a third-round prospect, making him a potential option for the Jags with picks 65 and 70.

February 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; Tennessee-Chattanooga National Team offensive lineman Cole Strange (69) in the first half against Team USA in the Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY Sports

Strange was a five-year starter with the Mocs who started 44 games mostly at left guard, although he also played 160 snaps at left tackle. He excels as both a zone and gap run blocker due to his experience in Chattanooga’s heavy run program.

Strange also took snaps at the center of the Senior Bowl and shone in the process. He is considered by many to be a third-round pick.

March 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky offensive lineman Luke Fortner talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski – USA TODAY Sports

Fortner is someone the Jaguars could target in the fourth round. He was the Wildcats’ starting goaltender for the past few seasons before becoming the team’s starting center in 2021.

During his first year at the center, he enrolled Focus on professional football ratings of 84.7 as a run blocker and 82.8 as a pass blocker. He also had a solid zone blocking rating (84.6), which helped him rack up an overall rating of 85.1.

At the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, Fortner said the Jags were part of the teams he had met. If he’s available, he’d be a great choice for pick #106.

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