The Jaguars are 1-9 with no indication that improvement is imminent. But hope springs eternal thanks to the massive amounts of salary cap space and the treasure trove of draft picks the Jaguars are set to have in 2021.
With the second-worst record in football, the Jags currently control the second overall pick. The Jets are the only winless team, and if they fail to win a game the rest of the season, they'll hold on to the top pick in the draft. If the Jets do win a game down the stretch, and the Jaguars keep losing, the tiebreaker would be strength of schedule, with the club with the easiest SOS being awarded the higher pick. The Jags currently have an easier strength of schedule than the Jets. The Jaguars are the only one-win team, and the only two-win team is the Bengals, but they also have a tie to their name, so the Jaguars would have two win two games to fall behind Cincy in draft order.
Having to win two games to lose their spot in the draft, the Jaguars are all but guaranteed a top-two selection. This puts Jacksonville in position to land one of the top two quarterback prospects in the draft, Trevor Lawrence from Clemson and Justin Fields from Ohio State. Both players have the makings of a franchise quarterback.
The Jaguars also control the Rams' first-round pick from when they traded Jalen Ramsey to Los Angeles in 2019. Unfortunately for Jax, the Rams keep finding ways to win and are currently slotted to have the 29th overall pick in the first round. Of course, if the Rams make the playoffs, their draft position will be determined by their postseason performance. The Jaguars will be in position to land either an impact defender; or an offensive piece to help their young quarterback.
The rest of the Jaguars 2021 draft picks are as follows:
Round 2 - 34 Overall
Round 2 - 43 Overall (via Min)
Round 3 - 66 Overall
Round 4 - 98 Overall
Round 4 - 125 Overall (via LAR)
Round 5 - 130 Overall
Round 5 - 152 Overall (via CLE)
Round 7 - 194 Overall
Round 7 - 217 Overall (via TEN)
All the picks after round three will likely slide back depending on how many compensatory picks are awarded to other teams around the league.
With five picks on the first two days of the draft and 11 total picks, the Jaguars will be able to completely alter their trajectory as a franchise. And the $86 million in cap space they're set to have should allow Jacksonville to find the crucial veteran talent that the roster is presently lacking.
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