The present in Jacksonville is a mess. But I want to think about what the future might hold for the Jaguars. With that in mind, here's my first 2020 seven-round Jaguars mock draft.
Keep in mind that with no way of knowing who will be making personnel decisions for the Jaguars next year, I made these picks based on what I would do. In future mock drafts, once the direction of the Jaguars' organization is clear, I'll adjust my strategy to a more predictive based mock.
#8 Overall WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
I'll go on record right now: If Tua is still on the board when the Jaguars make their selection, he should be the pick. But I don't believe that will be the case (I would also take DT Derrick Brown from Auburn here, but like Tua, I think he'll be gone). I do, however, think that Ceedee Lamb will be available for the Jaguars. Lamb is a dynamic receiver. He has excellent body control, high point ability, and strong hands. But perhaps the trait that sets him apart the most is his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. Lamb is a terror after the catch. The easy (and correct) player comp is DeAndre Hopkins. The two players have eerily similar games. As a club that has been terrorized by Hopkins through the years, the Jags should be clamoring to get one of their own. The combination of Ceedee Lamb and DJ Chark should set Gardner Minshew up for success in 2020 and beyond.
#20 Overall CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Jaguars can't afford to pay AJ Bouye forever, and while Tre Herndon has been a quality starter since Jalen Ramsey's departure, the Jaguars could afford to add a sure-fire starting CB at this spot. Diggs used to play WR and has excellent ball skills and instincts. He has prototypical size and athleticism and would be an easy pick here.
#40 Overall DT Marvin Wilson, FSU
The Jaguars MUST replace Marcell Dareus early on in this draft. Their run defense has been an embarrassment since Marcell Dareus was placed on IR, and Dareus will be packing his bags following the 2019 season. Enter Marvin Wilson. A dynamic defensive tackle, Wilson suffered a hand injury in November that kept him out for the rest of the season. The primary reason for adding Wilson here is for his ability to stop the run. He's stout and strong at the point of attack. His pass-rushing prowess from the interior is an added bonus and could significantly help the Jaguars in explicit pass-rushing situations.
#72 Overall TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
So far, the Josh Oliver experiment has been a failure. Most of the blame can be placed on unfortunate injuries. Still, the Jaguars have got to continue to improve at tight end. Hunter Bryant is a powerful tight end with plus athleticism and soft hands. His versatility is key. Bryant can line up in-line or at any WR position on the field. Adding Bryant to the mix with Josh Oliver, James O'Shaugnessy, and Geoff Swaim gives the Jaguars a well-balanced group of tight ends.
#104 Overall S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
Son of a former Pro Bowl cornerback, Winfield is a playmaker, just like his dad. He picked up seven interceptions in 2019 and would be a much better cover safety than Ronnie Harrison or Jarrod Wilson. While Winfield excels in coverage, he's also a reliable tackler in run support. He'd be a much higher selection if he had elite speed/size.
#147 Overall OT Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
It might be time to start trying to figure out if Cam Robinson can play inside. Adding Van Lanen would give the Jaguars more size and toughness at tackle. If he or Robinson could kick inside to guard, it would potentially provide the Jaguars with one of the nastiest left sides in football.
#167 Overall LB Patrick Queen, LSU
Physicality? Check. Speed? Check. Queen can play inside or outside linebacker. So if the Jaguars keep Myles Jack in the middle, Queen can compete with Quincy Williams for the weakside spot. Alternatively, if the Jaguars do the right thing — move Myles Jack outside — Queen should be able to stuff the run as a middle linebacker.
#190 Overall RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
Finally, the Jaguars add a legitimate gadget player. Edwards-Helaire has the potential to be a starting RB in the NFL. With his squatty stature, quick feet, and elite lateral movement, the LSU running back is uber-talented. He can catch the ball out the backfield, or lineup in the slot/out wide. But for a crowded backfield at LSU, Edwards-Helaire would likely be a much higher selection. This young runner/receiver has the potential to help the Jaguars really open up their offense.
#199 Overall WR Van Jefferson, Florida
Adding Van Jefferson to the receiving corp as a fourth or fifth option would set the Jaguars up with elite depth at receiver. Jefferson is a dynamic route runner with reliable hands and an understanding of how to find the open spot on the field. Excels at making difficult catches down the field.
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