JAGUARS 2020 DRAFT GUIDE: DAY THREE
The Jaguars enter day three of the 2020 NFL Draft having addressed plenty of needs, while also adhering to positional value principals across the board. On the first day, the Jags landed CJ Henderson, a top-flight cornerback prospect, at nine (my second-ranked CB), and an ascending pass-rusher with versatility at twenty in K'Lavon Chaisson (my second-ranked EDGE). On day two, the Jaguars added a do-it-all wideout, Laviska Shenault, with strong hands and eye-popping explosiveness at 42 (my fourteenth-ranked WR), and a stout nose tackle, DaVon Hamilton, who has a penchant for penetration (my third-ranked DT).
Dave Caldwell attempted to trade Fournette to the Buccaneers in the third round, but they didn't bite. The Jaguars could still move him.
Having addressed three immediate needs (CB, DE, WR) and one long-term need (DT), the Jaguars are well-positioned to draft some of the best players still available on day three of the draft. The fourth round officially kicks off at noon. The Jaguars have EIGHT selections on Saturday. They're in control of #116 overall, #137 overall, #140 overall, #157 overall, #165 overall, #189 overall, #206 overall, and #223 overall. Seeing them use all those picks would come as quite a surprise. Dave Caldwell is likely to use some of these picks to move up the board at least once or twice this afternoon.
Jacksonville's top remaining needs are offensive tackle, offensive guard, safety, and running back (depending on how the Leonard Fournette situation plays out). The Jags could also use another skill player at wide receiver or tight end. And they could potentially add more depth to the cornerback group.
At offensive tackle, there's still some talent left on the board, but it's unlikely to last. Saahdiq Charles and Prince Tega Wanogho are two guys that could've easily been selected on day three of the draft. They're my 79th, and 82nd ranked players, respectively.
At guard, there are several potential starting-caliber prospects still available. Ben Bredeson and Logan Stenberg highlight the remaining group, but players like Shan Lemieux, Netane Muti, and John Simpson could all develop into early starters.
If the Jaguars want to make a splash at safety, Kenny Robinson Jr. should be their guy. He's taken an unconventional route to the NFL, choosing to play in the XFL instead of staying in school, but Robinson has plenty of range, enticing ball skills and the requisite intelligence required of a starting free safety. Robinson recorded seven interceptions during his two seasons at West Virginia and continued to make plays in the XFL, intercepting two passes in five weeks of play. Tackling consistency is still a work in progress with Robinson.
Finding a runner to develop behind Leonard Fournette will likely need to happen early on, if at all. There are plenty of quality backs still on the board, but they don't figure to last long. Lamical Perine, Eno Benjamin, Joshua Kelley, DeeJay Dallas, and Anthony McFarland all have promising traits as runners.
There are a ton of pass-catching targets still available. Harrison Bryant or Brycen Hopkins could be game-changers at the tight end spot. The list of wide receivers that could have an impact early on in their careers is too long to even dive deep into, but a few of my favorite names to watch early are Donovan Peoples-Jones, Joe Reed, Quartney Davis, James Proche, Tyler Johnson, Gabriel Davis, and Quintez Cephus.
My top available cornerbacks are Bryce Hall, Troy Pride Jr., Amik Roberston, and Darnay Holmes. The Jaguars would do well to add one of those highly talented defensive backs.
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