In case you've been hiding under a rock, the annual college All-Star game known as the Senior Bowl is this weekend. The actual game offers some value for scouts, but the practices are where players can really pick up some traction in the scouting community. Practices began on Tuesday and concluded Thursday.
The Jaguars have nine selections — including four in the first three rounds — of the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. The Jaguars will have an opportunity to address roster needs prior to the draft in free agency. But with no way of knowing how the Jaguars will handle free agency, here are five players that I believe the Jaguars will seriously consider once the draft rolls around.
Javon Kinlaw DT, South Carolina
By far the hottest name swirling around draft circles this week, the South Carolina DT may have vaulted himself into the top ten. He's a dynamic defensive tackle that can create pressure up the middle and stuff the run. He has the ability to play 3-tech or nose tackle in the Jaguars' defensive scheme. He would immediately fill a void at defensive tackle, assuming Marcell Dareus is no longer with the team. Kinlaw weighed in at 315 pounds. And at just over six-foot-five with an 84-inch wingspan, Kinlaw is a specimen. The Jaguars would likely need to pull the trigger at nine to land Kinlaw, but there's a real possibility that he won't even be there for the Jaguars' first pick.
AJ Green CB, Oklahoma State
AJ Green is a lengthy cornerback out of OK State. At 6'1'' 3/8, he fits the mold for the Jaguars at outside corner. And he weighed in heavier than many expected at 199 pounds. He plays with physicality and swagger. If Green is available on day three, It wouldn't be surprising to see the Jaguars scoop him up.
Neville Gallimore DT, Oklahoma
If Gallimore were just a bit taller, he'd be a lock for the first round. But at 6'2'' and 304 pounds, he'll likely fall to the second, which is where the Jaguars could pick him, should they fail to address DT in round one. Gallimore has positional versatility on the inside. He has violent hands and plus strength. But most impressive are his movement skills for such a dense man. Gallimore is a plug and play defensive tackle.
Adam Trautman TE, Davidson
The pass-catching tight end from Dayton has shown excellent footwork and route running ability during Senior Bowl practices. At 6'5'' and 250 pounds, he's got plenty of size for the position. The willingness to block from an inline position is there on tape, so if the Jaguars feel the need to add depth and talent to the tight end position on day two or early on day three of the draft, Trautman could be their man.
Van Jefferson WR, Florida
Smooooth. Jefferson is the son of an NFL coach, and it shows. He's the best route runner in the class. He's always open and is a natural catcher of the ball. He's a thinner receiver, but he doesn't struggle to get open against more physical cornerbacks. If he had some more bulk to him and a little bit more top-end speed, Jefferson could be a first or second round type of talent. But he'll probably end up going somewhere late on day two or early day three. If the Jaguars want an elite route runner with soft hands, they could target Jefferson in the third or fourth round.
Other to watch: WR Denzel Mims (Baylor), CB Troy Pride (Notre Dame), TE Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt), C Lloyd Cushenberry (LSU)
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