Maurice Jones-Drew, the former Jaguars' star running back turned NFL Network analyst, released his second one-round mock draft of the 2020 draft season on Wednesday. Before we study that, let's take a gander back at his first mock of 2020.
Mojo had the Jaguars adding Isaiah Simmons and Tee Higgins in his mock 1.0. Both players have seen their stock shift a bit since the time that mock draft was released. Simmons, the athletic marvel that can play linebacker, nickel cornerback, and safety, seems highly unlikely to make it to nine. On the other hand, Tee Higgins may no longer be a value in the early 20s. Denzel Mims had the same level of college production but is a more sophisticated route runner, has more athleticism, and seems to possess more of a competitive edge. Jones-Drew's mock draft 1.0 would be a win for the Jaguars.
Now, for his mock draft 2.0!
MOJO: #7 Jeff Okudah - CB
School: Ohio State | Year: Junior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS. The Jags nab the best cover corner in the draft to replace Jalen Ramsey. He'll give receivers within the division fits with his great feet, patient play and ability to perform well in man or zone coverage.
My take: I've projected this exact trade up in mocks before, and I think it's quite possible. The Panthers are taking on a full rebuild under the direction of their new head coach Matt Rhule. Moving back to add more draft capital could certainly be in the cards for Carolina. For the Jaguars, whose biggest need is cornerback, scoring the best one in the draft would be a home run. Jacksonville has enough draft capital to trade up for Okudah and still be in good shape for the rest of the draft. Still, ideally, the Jaguars would be able to land an impact starter at nine.
MOJO: #20 Raekwon Davis - DT
School: Alabama | Year: Senior
The Calais Campbell clone steps in to be a dominant force for Jacksonville's interior. His length makes him strong at the point of attack.
My take: Wow. I haven't seen Raekwon Davis mocked in the first round in a LOOOOONG time. I'm higher on Davis than most, but I wouldn't consider selecting him until round three. He doesn't currently have the tools to be an impact pass rusher. BUT he's excellent against the run with his long arms and sturdy frame. My biggest issue here is that he's only a two-down player at this point, and there are more highly rated run-stuffing defensive tackles available, specifically Neville Gallimore, Marlon Davidson, and Davon Hamilton. But even adding one of those guys at this point would be considered a reach. Davis may have a fine NFL career, but adding a role player at 20 would be a mistake.
Maurice Jones-Drew hits the polar opposite sides of the grading scale here. Landing Okudah would be a huge win for the Jaguars, but picking Davis at 20 would be laughable. It's my opinion that if the Jaguars go defense with the first pick, the second pick needs to be on the offensive side of the ball. Gardner Minshew needs as much help as he can get in 2020.
OVERALL GRADE: D+
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