Mock draft season nears it ends as we inch closer and closer to draft day. On April 25th, the 2019 NFL Draft will kick off with the first round.
With NFL fans now reaching their boiling point, Thursday the 25th cannot come soon enough. Exactly two weeks away from draft day, here is my latest PREDICTIVE seven round Jaguars mock draft. Please remember this is what I am predicting the Jaguars front office will do, not what I would do if I had the keys to the kingdom.
#7 Overall Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
Sweat has a rare combination of size, speed, power and pass rushing ability. He's an ideal fit to replace Calais Campbell as the Jaguars big end a couple of years down the road. For the time being, however, the Jaguars will view him as the perfect replacement for the recently departed Dante Fowler Jr. In an attempt to recapture the defensive dominance the Jaguars displayed in 2017, they'll try to add a player at a premium position with premium traits that can have an immediate impact as a rotational edge. Long term, Sweat is a player that should be a solid pass rusher and excellent run defender. If he can develop at all at the next level, Sweat has the ceiling of a Pro Bowl defensive end.
#38 Overall Chris Lindstrom OL Boston College
Lindstrom is about as clean as it gets for an offensive line prospect in round two. The Jaguars O-line was decimated by injuries last season. While it's unlikely that the team suffers the same misfortune again, they'll need to prepare for the worst. Lindstrom can compete for a starting job on the right side of the line in year one and fill in at tackle, guard, or center should the injury bug hit the Jaguars offensive line again in 2019.
#69 Overall Dawson Knox TE Ole Miss
Much of Knox's draft grade is a projection, due to the fact that he was severely underutilized in the rudimentary Ole Miss offense. But his size, athletic profile, and tape suggest that he will be a solid blocking tight end with significant upside as a receiving threat down the seam. The Jaguars have plenty of depth at the position, but Nick Foles needs a real weapon and at 69 overall Knox is just that. With any development, he should become a starting combo tight end for years to come in Jacksonville.
#98 Overall David Montgomery RB Iowa State
Montgomery is an excellent candidate to fill TJ Yeldon's former role in the Jaguars offense and to be Leonard Fournette's primary backup. He's a proven pass catcher with a mean streak. His contact balance, vision, and quick feet make him a runner that could develop into a starter and will be an excellent change of pace at the very least.
#109 Overall Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame
Boykin, somehow, has gone under the radar in this year's class, but he has the potential to be an explosive outside possession receiver that Nick Foles can rely on for years to come. At six-foot-four and 220 pounds, with a 43.5" vertical and 4.4 speed, Boykin has all the athletic traits to be a true number one. He needs some development as a route runner and could stand to use his size better at the next level. But if he gets it, Boykin will become a matchup nightmare for defensive coaches.
#178 Sheldrick Redwine DB Miami
Redwine has the positional versatility to play safety or cornerback. With Tashaun Gipson's departure, the Jaguars could use a defensive back that can cover tight ends one-on-one. Redwine can do just that. He's a solid tackler and has no lack of physicality in his game. He could stand to become more consistent in zone coverage, but Redwine could help the Jaguars from day one as a man coverage specialist against field-stretching tight ends and should double as a special teams ace early on his career.
#238 Ryan Finley QB NC State
The Jaguars have their starting QB in Nick Foles, but behind him, things are a bit murky. I'm a fan of the recently signed Alex McGough, but the Jaguars should add competition to the QB room. Finley has prototypical size and sneaky athleticism. He lacks the ideal arm strength to test defenses down the field, but the Jaguars figure to run a more west coast style offense, which should suit Finley's strengths and hide some of his weaknesses. He's an ideal player to compete for a backup job in Jacksonville and could see spot starting duties in the future.
While this isn't where I would go with the draft, it makes sense for the Jaguars and would put the team in a good situation heading into the OTAs and training camp. They address several needs while also making sure to get strong positional value with every pick. Each player here is a big school guy, with impressive size and athleticism - three traits that Dave Caldwell has valued as the Jaguars general manager.
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