In case you missed it, the college football national championship was last night. And boy, did the Tigers (ha) put on a show. But in all seriousness, there was a ton of talent that will be featured in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Jaguars are loaded with five picks in the top 106. With a bevy of needs and a ton of draft capital, here are some of the players from last night's game that could be targeted by Dave Caldwell on draft day.
Isaiah Simmons LB/S/Everything, Clemson
"But, Jordan, he doesn't have a true position!" Damn, right. And he doesn't need one. Sure, the Jaguars could use him solely as a middle linebacker or weakside linebacker. But I think even Todd Wash would realize that a player with his diverse skillset should be allowed to move around and line up at different positions. The guy is 6'4'' and 230 lbs. He runs like a gazelle and hits like a mack truck. He can bend the edge as a pass rusher, and he can play the deep zone as a safety. Don't get me wrong, Simmons isn't my favorite fit for the Jaguars at nine overall, but I would be far from upset if Simmons winds up in Duval.
Fulton is a complete cornerback who had an up and down performance against Clemson on Monday night. He was tasked with slowing down the 2021 WR2, who was catching passes from the 2021 QB1. So forgive him if he struggled a bit. But Fulton will be an excellent cover corner at the next level. At 200 pounds and 6-foot-tall, Fulton has the size the Jaguars usually covet at CB. He'll almost certainly be there for the Jags at nine, and it's possible (not likely) that he's available when they pick again at 20. He would likely "compete" with Tre Herndon for the starting job throughout the summer and take control early in the season. His presence would give the Jaguars more talent and depth at corner, but I wouldn't consider him at nine.
This kid is an MJD clone. No, really. He's a tad taller than MOJO and a smidge lighter. But he runs with the same leverage and hate in his heart that the Jaguars' legendary runner once did. If you're not ready to get physical, Edwards-Helaire is going to run you over. He has soft hands and lateral movement. He would be a fit for the Jaguars in round three or later. During year one, he can develop, and in year two, Clyde could potentially take over for Leonard Fournette, should the Jaguars elect not to pick up LF27's fifth-year option.
Ja'Maar Chase often overshadowed LSU's dynamic receiver in 2019, but Jefferson is a star in his own right. He could creep all the way up to the first round, and if that's the case, I'd stay away from him. But if Jefferson is available in the second round at 42, and the Jaguars don't add a receiver in the first, Jefferson would be a home run. At six-foot-three, he has the length to challenge defenses on jump balls and would be an excellent complement to DJ Chark with his ability to get open and create after the catch.
Overall, Queen had a standout performance against Clemson. The LSU linebacker should be a day three draft selection and would help solidify the Jaguars' run defense at the middle linebacker spot. At 227 pounds, Queen has a strong combination of athleticism and physicality. He's not a true enforcer in the run game, but he can still bring the wood. And he would give the Jaguars more versatility in the middle than an old-school style MIKE linebacker.
Honorable mention: Tee Higgins (makes sense at 20,42), Thaddeus Moss (Round 3 or after)
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