Day one of the NFL Scouting Combine's on-field workouts took place on Thursday in Indianapolis. Tight ends, quarterbacks, and wide receivers took to the field to show their stuff. There were a plethora of standout performances.
Here, I'm going to take a look at five players who stood out, that the Jaguars would be wise to consider during the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
He's been rising up my board steadily throughout the pre-draft process. At 6'3'' and 207 pounds, Mims ran a 4.38 40, posted a 38.5" vertical, and put up a respectable 16 bench press reps. He also posted an elite three-cone drill. The only exercise in which Mims "struggled" was the short shuttle, but his time wasn't prohibitively bad. His athletic testing, combined with his on-field production, and skill set, makes for an intriguing prospect. Mims would likely be a first-round pick in a lot of draft classes, but with the depth at receiver this year, he'll probably end up going in round two. The Jaguars hold the 42nd pick, and if Mims is on the board at that point, he should garner strong consideration. His deep speed and massive catch-radius parallel DJ Chark. Imagine having Chark on one side and Mims on the other. Good luck, opposing defensive coordinators.
Hurts is a bit of a wild card in this draft. Some don't think he'll get it done as a QB at the next level. I firmly disagree. He's never going to be the most consistent with his timing, but he's a playmaker, and at the combine, he was calm, cool, and collected. He ran the second-fastest 40 of any QB at 4.59. At 6'1'' and 222 pounds, Hurts has the stature to hold up at the next level. During passing drills, he looked like one of the more natural throwers of the football, especially deep down the field. If the Jaguars end up trading Nick Foles, Hurts could be a big asset if the Jaguars were able to land him in the third or fourth round. As we've seen in recent years, having a reliable back up QB can be vital for a team's sustained success. I don't think Hurts will ever develop into an elite QB, but I'd be shocked if he's not one of the best 20-25 QBs on the planet in a year or two. If I were calling the shots for the Jaguars, I probably wouldn't pull the trigger on Hurts until day three, which may be too late to get him, but he's going to be an asset to whichever team ends up with him.
I don't think he'll make it to pick 42. So the Jaguars would likely need to take him at 20. But I'd be on board with that idea. His production and skill set projects well to the next level. At 6'1'' and 202 pounds, Jefferson ran a 4.43 40 and leaped 37.5 inches. He showed off his natural hands and explosiveness during the receiving gauntlet and looked smooth catching passes deep down the field. Jefferson projects best to play predominantly from the slot with some outside reps mixed in.
The tight end from Dayton is one of my favorite small school prospects in this class. A high-school QB, Trautman has worked diligently to become one of the best tight ends entering the NFL in 2020. His 4.8 40 was a bit disappointing, but he showed off excellent functional athleticism in the three-cone drill, posting the best time of any tight end. With his athletic profile and size at 6'5'' and 255 pounds, Trautman has the goods. He dominated a lower level of competition at Dayton and is a willing blocker. He'd be an ideal third-round target for the Jaguars, should they not improve their tight end group via free agency.
One of the breakout stars of day one, Chase Claypool had a Calvin Johnson-esque performance. No one is saying Claypool is the next Megatron, but his numbers were rare. At 6'4'' and 238 pounds, the wideout from Notre Dame ran a 4.42 40, leaped 40.5 inches, and posted 19 bench press reps. He impressed with his hands as well, and after a monster season for the Fighting Irish in 2019, Claypool could be on his way to being a second or third-round pick. If he's still available when the Jaguars are on the clock at 73, Claypool might be an ideal fit. Jay Gruden would certainly be able to create mismatches with such an incredible blend of size and athleticism.
There are plenty of other worthy names, but these five players stood out to me, and will all likely be available for the Jaguars second pick of the draft or even later.
My current top targets for the Jaguars' first pick are: Jeff Okudah, Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, CeeDee Lamb, Javon Kinlaw, and Henry Ruggs.
Place kickers, special teams, offensive lineman, and running backs will hit the field on Friday.
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