The Jaguars had several players from their 2017 NFL Draft class that emerged as key contributors this season.


Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick, probably made the biggest impact.

But offensive lineman Cam Robinson also blossomed, along with wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

We take a look at all six draft picks to evaluate their impact and project their role for the upcoming 2018 season.

Leonard Fournette

Position: Running back

Round (selection): First, fourth

Key statistics: Rushed for 1,040 yards, the second-most by a rookie in franchise history. His 268 rushing attempts were a franchise record.

Stock up or down?: Fournette’s stock is up because he turned out to be exactly the physically imposing back the Jaguars expected to build their ground game around. He scored nine touchdowns and helped the Jaguars end the regular season as the top rushing team in the NFL (140.0).

2018 predicted role: He will get a heavy load of the carries and will be expected to score on short-yardage situations in the red zone. Also, Fournette will utilized in the passing game on screen plays.

Cam Robinson

Position: Left Tackle

Round (selection): Second, 34th

Key statistics: Allowed only four sacks in 18 starts, which included the postseason, according to the Florida Times-Union statistics. But Robinson’s nine penalties were the most on the team.

Stock up or down?: Robinson’s stock is up after lining up against some of the top pass rushers in the league and still providing adequate pass protection and run blocking but must cut down on false starts and holding penalties.

2018 predicted role: He will return as a starter and will be expected to assume more of a leadership role on the line with center Brandon Linder.

Dawaune Smoot

Position: Defensive end

Round (selection): Third, 68th

Key statistics: Played in 16 games and had 15 tackles, 11 solo and had two tackles for loss.He was on the field for 287 snaps at defensive end, 186 snaps came on special teams. He had five tackles on special teams.

Stock up or down?: Smoot’s stock is up because he showed potential as an edge rusher despite playing only limited snaps. He has ability to physical get off blocks quickly but didn’t get a sack this season .

2018 predicted role: Will have a backup role and must produce with limited snap counts. Biggest role will be on special teams.

Dede Westbrook

Position: Wide receiver

Round (selection): Fourth, 110th

Key statistics: Was fourth on the team with 11 explosive plays despite spending the first 10 weeks on injured/reserve. Started five of seven games played in the regular season and made 17 catches for 339 yards. He averaged 12.6 yards per catch.

Stock up or down?: Westbrook’s stock is up after showing he could become a reliable downfield receiving threat.

2018 predicted role: Could compete for one of the starting wide receiver spots but it will depend on whether the Jaguars re-sign Allen Robinson or Marqise Lee.

Blair Brown

Position: Weak-side linebacker

Round (selection): Fifth, 148th

Key statistics: Blair Brown played in 13 games and had 11 tackles, four assisted. Five of his tackles during the regular season come on special teams. He also made three tackles on special teams in the postseason. He had 0.5 sacks.

Stock up or down?: Brown’s stock is up as an special teams player, but he didn’t get much of an opportunity to get on the field playing behind Telvin Smith at weak-side linebacker.

2018 predicted role: Going to be tough again for Brown to get on the field at weak-side linebacker playing behind Smith, who participated in 81 percent of the defensive snap counts this season. Brown will have to emerge as an effective special teams player.

Jalen Myrick

Position: Cornerback

Round (selection): Seventh, 222th

Key statistics: Played in only five games and didn’t have a tackle. He blocked a PAT against San Francisco during Week 16 that was returned by Aaron Colvin for two points.

Stock up or down?: Myrick’s stock is down because he was on the inactive list for 12 of the 18 games played this season. Other than his tremendous speed, there remains uncertainty whether he can develop into a consistent contributor at either cornerback or nickel.

2018 predicted role: Will need another strong training camp and show signs of development in his coverage skills to land a roster spot. Most likely role will be on special teams.