The Senior Bowl isn't until Saturday, but after three days of practice, the bulk of the scouting is now complete. I wasn't able to attend the Senior Bowl practices this year, but I've been monitoring the practices closely and wanted to take a look at some standouts that the Jaguars should keep tabs on throughout the rest of the draft process.
DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
He's been a quick riser up my board after going back and watching his 2019 tape. Levi opted out of the 2020 season due largely to indecision on the part of the Pac-12. The 6'3'', 290 pounder is a smidge thin, but it's rare to see him get overpowered in run defense. As a pass rusher, he uses strong hands and excellent burst to explode through interior offensive lineman. Should the Jaguars not add an interior penetrator in free agency and miss out on Christian Barmore, Onwuzurike could be a target at picks 25 or 33. Onwuzurike appears ready to contribute immediately and has Chris Jones like potential.
WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
Most of you know about Kadarius Toney by now. He may well be a first-round pick, thanks to his ridiculous quickness and change of direction. He's nearly impossible to cover and, despite dropping a couple of passes during practice this week, displayed strong hands during the 2020 season. You can never have enough speed and playmaking ability on offense, which Toney has in spades. If the Jaguars don't add a guy like Curtis Samuel in free agency, Toney might be available at pick 25 or 33.
C/OG Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
A little know commodity heading into Senior Bowl week, Meinerz dominated the competition throughout the week and now looks primed to hear his name called on day two of the draft. It's unclear if the Jaguars will have a pressing need along the interior, but if they want to plan for the future departures of Andrew Norwell or AJ Cann, Meinerz would be a quality addition. He's strong as can be and was one of the top performers this week.
WR D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
Uncoverable. That's the best way to describe Eskridge's performance this week. The diminutive receiver owned the cornerbacks in Mobile and looks ready to dominate from the slot at the next level. He's only 5'9,'' but at 190 pounds, he should be able to hold up without a problem. Should the Jaguars elect not to spend big in free agency at receiver, Eskridge could be a target on day two of the draft.
RB Demetric Felton, UCLA
Pocket Antonio Gibson, Felton is a do-it-all offensive playmaker that can run routes like a receiver and tote the rock like a running back. But unlike Antonio Gibson, Felton is a bit undersized at 5'8'' and 189 pounds. Last year, Gibson was transitioning from WR to RB, but this year Felton is doing the opposite. He probably won't be the feature guy in an offense, but if he's your fourth or fifth option, you're in great shape. The Jags could potentially add him as a change of pace behind James Robinson or someone who can lineup all over the field. He might be available into the fourth round.
OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
One of my favorite under the radar guys this year, Hudson recently transitioned from the defensive line to left tackle. Despite having technical deficiencies, he dominated the competition in 2020 and even played well against Georgia in the Peach Bowl. He played well in Mobile this week. If Urban Meyer institutes a zone rushing attack as he has in the past, Hudson would be a perfect addition on day two of the draft. He's a fluid mover with plenty of power and will only get better with more experience.
TE Tre' McKitty, Georgia
Jaguars' fans are clamoring for a high price free-agent tight end or an early draft selection, but it's possible that Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke won't value the position as much as some folks outside the building. If the Jaguars want to add a value tight end late on day two or on day three, McKitty could be an optimal target. McKitty transferred from FSU to Georgia, so plenty of you will be familiar with him already. He's a quality blocker and solid mover at the tight end position.
WR Austin Watkins, UAB
Watkins has the size and athleticism to develop into a starting outside receiver or a big slot. If you read my work often, you know he's the cousin of Sammy Watkins and brings a certain level of swagger to the field. He continued to impress me this week, showing some crisp routes and dependable hands. Because this WR class is loaded with talent, Watkins could be available on day three.
RB Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
Herbert is another one of the guys I've kept my eye on this year. He displays good vision and contact balance but needs to clean up his pass protection a bit, which could hurt his overall value. He has shown flashes of solid blocking and is willing, so it might just be that he needs more reps in that regard. Still, his natural feel for the game and size are ideal, and he should work very well in a pro zone scheme. I value him as a third-round pick, but he could fall to day three.
RB Michael Carter, UNC
Carter is my RB4 in this class and could be gone before he presents a good value for the Jaguars. But he would be an excellent complement to James Robinson. Carter has vision and contact balance but possesses some real juice and is an excellent pass catcher. He'll be a quality back wherever he goes.
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