Jacksonville Jaguars select OT Anton Harrison with No. 27 overall pick of 2023 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars found out how bright Trevor Lawrence's future is last season as the young signal-caller had a breakout season and was named a Pro Bowler. On Thursday, they made sure they solidified their tackle situation for him by selecting Oklahoma offensive lineman Anton Harrison with the No. 27 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Jags' decision to draft Harrison comes after news broke that left tackle Cam Robinson will be serving a suspension for a failed performance-enhancing drug test. With that being the case, Jacksonville wanted to add another tackle alongside Walker Little, who will either start on the blindside or replace Jawaan Taylor on the right side.
Harrison played in 34 career games at Oklahoma, and 24 of those games were as a starter (23 at left tackle and one at right tackle). While his experience has mostly been at the left tackle position, his lone start at right tackle (vs. Texas El Paso in 2022) certainly helped his case for the draft process.
In 2022, Harrison earned All-Big 12 First Team honors while with the Sooners as he started in all 12 regular season games. He was able to register a Pro Football Focus grade of 72.6 last season, with an impressive pass-blocking grade of 83.3.
The Jags' decision to select Harrison came after they traded back twice on Thursday before finally making the call. Their first trade was with the New York Giants, who came up from the No. 25 overall pick and gave the Jags picks No. 160 and 240 in addition to swapping Round 1 picks. The Jags also traded back with the Buffalo Bills after that and received picks No. 27 and 130.