As the Jaguars continue to lose games, it's impossible not to focus on the future. Who will be making the personnel decisions in Jacksonville next year? Your guess is as good as mine. But the Jaguars are loaded with draft picks in 2021, and they'll have the most salary-cap space in the NFL, so a quick turnaround for this young team is far from impossible.
Last week, I dropped my first mock draft of the season, completing four rounds as if I were the Jaguars' GM. Instead of being predictive, until we know what the power structure will look like for the Big Cats in 2021, my mocks will continue to run in the same manner as the first one.
This one, however, has a couple of twists. Tight End Kyle Pitts is the most commonly mocked player to the Jaguars with their second first-round pick (acquired from the Rams). I landed him in my first mock and with good reason. He's a dynamic receiving threat that can beat defenses out wide, from the slot, and in-line. His combination of size, speed, athleticism, and sure hands is tough to top. But for those reasons, I believe there's a good chance he won't be on the board when the Jaguars' make their second selection. To add some nuance to this mock, I've predicted Pitts to not be available for the Jags.
The second twist? In the first mock, I didn't allow any trades, but I shook things up a bit in this one.
Let's dive in!
#2 Overall - QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
This is the same pick as last week, it just happens to be one spot higher. The Giants took down the Football team last week, giving the Jaguars the upper hand when it comes to draft stock. Fields is a dynamic athlete, a masterful thrower of the ball, and he's shown growth in 2020 as a pocket passer and is displaying the ability to go through full-field progressions. He's not on the same level as Trevor Lawrence, but he's easily one of the most exciting QB prospects in recent memory. He gives the Jaguars their franchise guy.
#25 Overall - EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
With Pitts off the board, we could have gone for the next best tight end here (Pat Freiermuth), but instead, I decided to trade down three spots, acquiring another fourth-round pick. I ultimately went with the best overall player at one of the most critical positions in football. I'm not giving up on K'Lavon Chaisson, but adding Ossai to the mix shores up the Jaguars' pass rush. He's not the same dynamic athlete that Chaisson is, but he's a much better pass rusher and bends the edge with ease. He'll be more productive than Chaisson early on. He can operate in a four-man front, but like Chaisson, he shouldn't be asked to put his hands in the dirt.
#34 Overall - TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
Jordan is the third tight end off the board, but had he been eligible in 2019, he would have easily been the top prospect at the position. He may never be a true in-line tight end (he is showing improvement in that area in 2020), but he'll be an excellent target for Justin Fields and adds a real threat to the middle of the field for the Jaguars' offense. His athleticism and natural ability with the ball in his hands is evident. Has shown the ability to be effective in a variety of ways as an offensive weapon.
#44 Overall - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
A dynamic athlete that has a nose for the football, Moehrig may not be available at this spot, but crazier things have happened. In this simulation, safeties Paris Ford and Jevon Holland went off the board in front of Moehrig. He jumps off the screen every time you put on TCU tape, making plays all over the field. Despite being a true free safety, Moehrig is willing and able in run support. He racked up 62 tackles, 11 passes defended, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles during his junior season in 2019. Jarrod Wilson may be a team leader, but he's not a difference-maker for the Jaguars on the back end. Moehrig would likely start from day one and make the Jaguars' defense much more explosive on the back end.
#66 Overall - DT Jalen Twyman, Pitt
Not suiting up in 2020 as he prepares for his future in the NFL, Twyman is an undersized defensive lineman at 6'2'' and 290 pounds, but he makes up for it with explosiveness off the ball and strong hands. He needs to be more consistent with his pad level, but when things click for Twyman, they reaaaaally click. Excellent in run defense and has a relentless motor. With the Jags likely to move on from Taven Bryan, Twyman can step in and compete for the starting job next to DaVon Hamilton in the middle.
#103 Overall - WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Wallace is another guy who might not be available at this selection, but with the top-end talent and depth in this receiver class, he could potentially fall to the top of the fourth round. Wallace is the complete package at receiver. Excellent hands and high point ability, YAC ability, and suddenness in his routes. At 6'0'', If he were a couple of inches taller, Wallace would likely be an early day two selection.
#123 Overall - iOL Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
Brother of Chris Jr. and son of Chris Sr., Alec has all the NFL pedigree you could ask for. He's a powerful interior offensive lineman that should be a quality starter down the road. With guards AJ Cann and Andrew Norwell not locked up beyond 2021 and 2022, respectively, this move gives the Jaguars a line of succession on the interior.
#126 Overall - OFFENSIVE WEAPON Kadarius Toney, Florida
Toney continues to shine for the Gators as a do it all playmaker. The Jaguars probably don't NEED to add two receivers in this draft, but taking a page out of the Chiefs' playbook, adding as much speed and explosive ability to the offense as possible, is always a good thing. Toney can change the team's outlook on special teams as a dangerous return man. Toney continues to show that he's more than just a speedster. With his powerful lower body and strong hands, he'll be an asset wherever he lands in the NFL.
Here, I landed a ton of offensive firepower, a future starter on the offensive line's interior, and three defenders that can help the Jaguars' defense sooner rather than later. I didn't select a cornerback because with CJ Henderson, Sidney Jones, Tre Herndon, Josiah Scott, and Luq Barcoo all locked up, the Jags might not need another starting cornerback in 2021.
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