Devin Lloyd Drafted by Jaguars: Jacksonville's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 29, 2022

Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd (0) defends during the second half in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Ohio State Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd with the 27th overall choice in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday.

Here's how Jacksonville's 2022 depth chart looks with the versatile playmaker in the mix.

OLB: Josh Allen, Arden Key

MLB: Devin Lloyd, Foyesade Oluokun, Chapelle Russell

WLB: Shaquille Quarterman, Tyrell Adams

OLB: K'Lavon Chaisson, Jordan Smith

The 6'3", 237-pound Lloyd earned 2021 Consensus All-America honors. He made plays all over the field in 2021, amassing 111 tackles (66 solo), seven sacks, six pass breakups and four interceptions.

The B/R NFL Scouting Department ranks Lloyd 38th overall and fourth among linebackers in the draft class of 2022.

B/R notably ranks Lloyd as the class' most versatile linebacker.

Thanks in part to Lloyd, Utah won the Pac-12 Championship and advanced to the Rose Bowl, where the Utes fell 48-45 to Ohio State. Utah still enjoyed an excellent season, though, finishing 10-4 and ending No. 12 in the Associated Press poll.

In addition, he's a tremendous leader and role model. Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham raved about the former Utah captain to Jeff Call of the Deseret News on Dec. 10.

"His impact and value cannot be overstated. He is such a great leader, such a pure talent. He could have come out last year and been a first- or second-round draft choice," Whittingham said.

"He's probably played his way into the top 10 or 12 of the first round. That's what I’m hearing.

"He came back and he was a man on a mission. He wanted to win the championship, he wanted to be an All-American. He had these goals. We sat down and he told me all of his goals about a year ago when he was making that decision. He said, 'I'm coming back and here's why and here's what I want to accomplish.' And he's checked every box so far."

Now Lloyd will look to carry his collegiate success over to the NFL. Lloyd has perennial Pro Bowl potential in the NFL thanks to his versatility and ability to be a dominant three-down linebacker.