The upcoming NFL Draft is loaded with offensive weapons. Here I'll provide five offensive skill players that could make Nick Foles' job easier in 2019.
1. TJ Hockenson
TJ Hockenson is, perhaps, the most polished tight end coming out of college that I've ever seen. He can make every play on the field. He's a superb and angry blocker, but also has elite athleticism at the position and natural hands.
If the Jaguars want Hockenson, they'll need to take him in the first round. They could elect to nab him at seven as one of the safest players in the draft at a position of need. Or they could potentially trade down a few spots and still land Hock.
If Hockenson does wind up in Duval, he'll be able to help Nick Foles in the quick, rhythm passing game, but also as a downfield threat on fades and posts. He'd also represent an upgrade as a run blocker over Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
2. Noah Fant
Hockenson's teammate, Noah Fant, is also likely going to be a first-round pick. His skill set trends more toward the receiving tight end mold, but Fant has shown the talent and potential to develop into a solid blocker at the next level.
He could probably be had if the Jaguars elected to trade down closer to pick 20 in the first round and would be an excellent safety valve for Nick Foles.
Fant can win in the quick game or deep down the middle, making him an ideal fit with Nick Foles (or any QB, for that matter).
3. Terry McLaurin
Nick Foles relies heavily on the quick passing game but also likes to take a deep shot every once in a while. Insert Terry McLaurin, who runs a 4.35 40 yard dash and has excellent quickness as a wide receiver. McLaurin showed off strong hands during his time at Ohio State and has shown big-time route-running ability throughout the draft process this offseason.
McLaurin should be available in rounds three or four and would be an excellent addition to the Jaguars current group of receivers. He should be able to win early in routes from the slot, helping Nick Foles to get in a rhythm early on in drives.
4. David Montgomery
David Montgomery is the safest receiving back in the draft. He's got size at 222 lbs. and hauled in 58 catches over his last two seasons at Iowa St. In recent years the Jaguars have placed a higher value on running backs than most teams, which leads me to believe if he's available in round three the Jaguars might jump at the chance to add him to their RB room.
With his blend of pass-catching ability and his knack for picking up incoming blitzers as a blocker, Montgomery would be an upgrade over the recently departed TJ Yeldon.
Nick Foles loves to hit his running backs on quick passes out of the backfield and Montgomery should be able to fit that bill.
5. James Williams
Williams is a smaller back (205 lbs.) than what the Jaguars usually go for and has limited experience actually being a runner. But he could be the perfect compliment for Nick Foles. At Washington State Williams caught over 200 passes. No, that is not a typo.
Williams will likely be available on day three of the draft, which means he has a much smaller price tag than any of the aforementioned skill players, but he could help Foles nonetheless. His ability to get to edge quickly and catch passes fits perfectly with what Foles does well as a passer.
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