JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been very good, especially in his past three games.
Not so much for the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2021 draft class.
Other than Lawrence, the Jaguars (1-5) have gotten minimal production from the remaining eight draft picks through the season’s first six games – and there are few indications that will change much as the Jaguars head into the second part of their season.
The Jaguars’ five draft picks in the first three rounds have started a combined nine games: six by Lawrence and three by cornerback Tyson Campbell, the first of two second-round picks.
The draft pick other than Lawrence who has made the biggest impact has been tight end Luke Farrell, a sixth-round pick out of Ohio State, who coach Urban Meyer said has been better than what the coaching staff expected.
Even so, Meyer said he feels “really good” about the rookie class. That’s what you’d expect him to say, but … there’s no reason he should (other than Lawrence, obviously).
Here’s a quick breakdown of what they Jaguars have -- and haven’t -- gotten out of their draft class.
QB Trevor Lawrence: The first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft started slowly, completing 54.2% of his passes for 669 yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and nine total turnovers in his first three games. In the past three, however, Lawrence completed 66.3% of his passes for 796 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and one fumble lost. His total QBR for Weeks 4-6 ranked 15th in the NFL, ahead of Derek Carr, Mac Jones, Ben Roethlisberger, Jalen Hurts, Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff, among others.
RB Travis Etienne Jr.: The 25th overall pick suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in the team’s preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 24 and was lost for the season. The Jaguars had planned to use the running back in the slot and as a receiver to take advantage of his big-play ability (Etienne had 55 runs of 20 or more yards and six catches of 30 or more yards in four seasons at Clemson).
CB Tyson Campbell: The 33rd overall pick has missed the past two games because of a toe injury, but he started three of the first four games. With the team’s trade of CJ Henderson to the Panthers, Campbell became the starter outside opposite Shaquill Griffin. Campbell has 22 tackles but has struggled with making plays on the ball.
OT Walker Little: The 45th overall pick has been active for just one game – the Jaguars’ victory over the Miami Dolphins in London – and played just one snap on offense and four on special teams. He was impressive in training camp, but that didn’t carry over into the preseason. He also spent 15 days on the reserve-COVID-19 list before being removed on Oct. 5.
S Andre Cisco: He has taken part in all six games but played just two defensive snaps in the past four. The 45th overall pick hasn’t been able to beat out Andrew Wingard for playing time on defense but has played a lot on special teams.
“We had a little package for him the other day [against Miami] and he did well in it,” defensive coordinator Joe Cullen said. “We had a package where he came in, covered the running back who had done a good job, and he did a good job with that. [He has to] just continue to develop.”
DT Jay Tufele: Tufele has played in just one game (13 snaps against the division-leading Tennessee Titans) and suffered a broken hand in pre-game warmups against in Week 6 in London. Meyer said Tufele (one of two fourth-round picks) had surgery last week and will be out for several weeks. Tufele had gradually improved through the season’s first month and earned playing time over 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan before his injury.
DE Jordan Smith: The second fourth-round pick has been inactive every week, but the Jaguars viewed him as a developmental pass-rusher who wouldn’t play much this season anyway.
TE Luke Farrell: The Jaguars drafted him in the fifth round to use mainly as a blocker, but he also has caught five passes for 46 yards and has played on special teams. Farrell's blocking has been a significant help in the run game (running back James Robinson has rushed for 460 yards and five touchdowns) too. He’s played the second most snaps among the team's tight ends (129).