When the draft was over, Jaguars GM Gene Smith discussed the roles and niches he sees for several picks.
Running back Deji Karim will be in the mix for kickoff returns and work initially as a “specialty halfback.”
“A third-down type that can catch the ball and do things, screens, draws, slot receiver, getting the ball in space,” Smith said. “...You have a feature back then you have a companion back which is No. 2, and then you have a specialty halfback which is No. 3, so that’s what he is.” At least at the start. Smith thinks Karim is a little like Darren Sproles.
Jacksonville loves Karim and returner Scotty McGee for their “explosive, playmaking speed,” Smith said.
Well before they got to Karim and McGee in the sixth round, the Jaguars restocked their defensive line.
The Jaguars’ objective wasn’t to go in and get four defensive linemen, but they saw value in them.
Smith spelled out his projections for fifth-rounders Larry Hart and Austen Lane. Kane is more of a left end, while Hart is more of a right end who can work as a designated pass-rusher. That DPR has been difficult to fill for Jacksonville.
“I think this guy is better than all those guys [who’ve failed], myself,” said Smith, who compares Hart to Robert Mathis.