Although he had to wait quite a bit longer than anticipated, Jawaan Taylor accomplished his career goal on Friday, getting selected 35th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2019 NFL draft. The offensive tackle from the University of Florida was projected to be a top ten pick, possibly by the Jags at seventh overall, but slid out of the first round entirely.
Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 312 pound right tackle, declared for the NFL draft following his junior season and his stock started to rise as scouts became enamored with his footwork, agility, and strength. He made 35 career starts at Florida in only three seasons and was particularly crucial in the running game, helping Florida rush for over 3,000 yards.
He joins a Jacksonville franchise that went 5-11 last season.
Gator defensive end Jachai Polite was taken in the third round by the New York Jets with the 68th overall selection. Polite was a second team All-American as a junior, totaling 11 sacks.
Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and linebacker Vosean Joseph are among the Gators who should go off the board in Saturday's final day of the draft, which incorporates rounds four through seven. Gardner-Johnson had been projected as a second round pick.