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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made their final pick of the 2022 NFL draft, selecting Arkansas cornerback Montaric Brown with the 222nd overall pick in the seventh round. The pick makes Brown the second defensive back Jacksonville has taken in this year’s draft.
Brown played four seasons with the Razorbacks and started all 13 games in his final season. He tallied 127 tackles (four of them for a loss), six interceptions and 15 pass deflections in his career. As a redshirt senior, he racked up 54 tackles (one tackle for a loss), five picks and six pass breakups.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote that Brown projects as an instinctive zone corner with good strength, but a lack of desired top-end speed. He excels when defending against short and intermediate pattern breaks while exemplifying outstanding body control. He also said that Brown is willing to get dirty in the run game and could move to safety if he can carry enough weight. Zierlein projected him to go in the fifth or sixth round instead of the seventh.
After drafting cornerback Gregory Junior in the sixth round, the Jaguars may look to play Brown at safety. However, it remains to be seen whether he will earn meaningful snaps outside of playing on special teams.