Here it is, Duval — my first full seven-round best player available Jaguars mock draft of 2021. This draft is based on my current big board and nothing else. It doesn't take into account any of the Jaguars' positional needs or areas of strength. Rarely do teams actually complete a draft with a 100% BPA approach because they're generally focused on filling some holes at some point in the draft. But my philosophy is to address as many needs as you can in free agency, so you can legitimately take the most talented players available in the draft. I also believe in securing as many top 100 picks as humanly possible. This is how that could look if I ran the show in Duval. The mock was completed on The Draft Network's mock draft machine.
#1 Overall - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
This is the only pick in which I didn't take my BPA. But make no mistake about it, Trevor Lawrence IS headed to Duval. Not much point in mocking anything else at this point. The Jaguars get their franchise QB. Rejoice!
#25 Overall - OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
Is Vera-Tucker a tackle? A guard? It doesn't matter. He's a rock-solid offensive lineman with strong hands, leg drive, and excellent athleticism. He has impressive pass sets and should thrive inside or outside at the next level. AVT is 15 on my big board.
Is it realistic? Yes, If Vera-Tucker falls to 25, I think there's a very good chance the Jaguars pull the trigger. Cam Robinson and Andrew Norwell seem to be locked in as the starters on the left side in 2021, but their time in Duval might be limited. My guess is AVT gets taken somewhere in the mid-teens.
#33 Overall - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
I've been high on Moehrig throughout the draft process, thanks to his natural feel for the position and instincts. Those instincts allow him to always be in the right place at the right time. He's a gifted playmaker on the back end that doesn't shy away from the physical side of the game. He currently slots in at 16 on my board.
Realistic? Very. Moehrig likely won't have the eye-popping testing results many teams look for in a first-round safety. But he's got more than enough athleticism and know-how to quickly become an above-average free safety at the next level. The Jaguars could use all the help they can get on the back end.
#35 Overall - LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
Remember when I said I want as many top 100 picks as possible? Here, we trade a fourth, a seventh, and a 2022 second-round pick to slide up to 35. The thought process is that I don't highly value late-round picks, and the 2022 second-rounder should be closer to the back end of the round with the improvement we'll see from the Jaguars on the field in 2021. Zaven Collins is an absolute stud. He can rush the passer, fall into zone coverage, cover tight ends, and his run fits are fantastic. At 6'4'', 260-pounds, Collins has a truly rare blend of size, instincts, and athleticism. He's ranked 21st on my board.
Realistic? It could be. If the Jaguars are keen on moving up in the second, Collins would make perfect sense for their new multi-front defense. With his diverse skill set, Joe Cullen and company could deploy him in a variety of ways.
#45 Overall - RB Javonte Williams, UNC
Williams is so much fun to watch. Think James Robinson with more juice, both laterally and in terms of acceleration. He has that same vision and tackle-breaking ability that Robinson possesses. Their frames are almost identical, with Williams standing just an inch taller and both weighing in at 220. Williams is my RB1 in this class and is 24th on my board.
Realistic? Sure. The Jaguars like what they have in James Robinson, but they want more talent in the backfield. And this franchise has been at its best with a two-headed monster at running back. Pairing Robinson and Williams would give the Jaguars two do-it-all backs.
#52 Overall - LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky
I moved pick 65, a third, and a seventh to get back into the second round. A modern-day off-ball linebacker, Davis has length, instincts, and plenty of athletic ability. He's a bit of a late riser in this class, but that shouldn't stop folks from getting on board. Davis is the total package. He's instinctual against the run, a strong tackler, and has a natural feel for defending the middle of the field in coverage. His length is a massive asset. Davis is 25th on my board.
Realistic? Maybe. Myles Jack is the present and the future for the Jaguars at linebacker, but is Joe Schobert the long-term answer in the middle? With a team out after year two of his contract, I'm not convinced that Scho will be around beyond 2021.
#78 Overall - S Ar'Darius Washington, TCU
I gave up two fifth-rounders and a sixth to get back up to 78. Another TCU safety? That's the way my board fell on this one. If Washington were a couple of inches taller, he'd be a consensus first or second-round pick. He's physical as can be in run support and coming downhill against ball carriers. He's also sticky in coverage with solid instincts. Washington is 46th on my board.
Realistic? I'm not sure the Jaguars will be selecting two safeties in the draft, but when you look at this pick individually, I do think Washington makes a lot of sense in Duval. He plays the game the way Urban Meyer wants it to be played. Fast and physical from A to B.
#106 Overall - OT Walker Little, Stanford
Little hasn't played competitive football since week one of 2019, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He opted out of 2020, so here we are looking at someone who hasn't played football in almost two years. Still, Little's ability at left tackle is not in question. At this point in the draft, adding a risky but highly talented offensive tackle was a no-brainer. Little is currently 47 on my board, but whoever drafts him will need to do their homework on where he's at physically and mentally.
Realistic? Despite not having played in a while, I don't think Little falls past the second round. He's that good. And the Jaguars might be looking to avoid players coming off injuries, as Trent Baalke missed on a lot of injury red flag prospects in San Francisco.
Eight highly ranked players in the top 106 and no picks after? This is a Jordan Brand Draft! Let me know what you think.
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