Round 1 Pick 5: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
Obviously this is one of the 3 picks that have been seen going to the Jaguars around the web. While Ramsey and Bosa are both possibilities, Myles Jack seems to be the most immediate impact guy and a player that could be a difference maker for years to come. Jack will bring a crazy amount of speed to the field and gives the Jaguars a scary look on 3rd downs with Telvin and him as the 2 backers. Throw in a beefed up D-line and a vastly improved secondary and you have a pretty impressive looking nickel package.
Round 2 Pick 38: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
While Spence has a history that led him to being kicked off Ohio State, he has top 15 talent and could be a huge grab in the 2nd round for the Jaguars if he is available. Spence is a stud pass rusher, and Urban Meyer’s first 5 star prospect at Ohio State. Great lateral movement and the ability to get up field, mixed with an athletic 6’2’’ 251lb frame make Noah Spence a presence on the edge. Seeing as the Jags didn’t solve their edge rushing woes in free agency, picking up a first round talent after already getting Jack in the first round would make a big splash in the city and leave fans with a ton of optimism when it comes to the defense this coming season.
Round 3 Pick 69: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
A 3 year starter at Alabama with 35 career starts, Kelly is arguably the top center prospect in the draft. The 2015 Rimington winner could come in and compete for the starting spot and add depth to a line that was already worked on during the free agency period. While Kelly isn’t the biggest, he boasts a 6’4’’ 310lb frame with room to grow. What Kelly lacks in size, he makes up for with his awareness, and quick snap and first step. At the center position he has a good anchor and is able to lock out to keep distance between defenders. A solid 3rd round pick and a great addition to the depth of the O-line could be exactly what is needed.
Round 4 Pick 103: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
A rather unknown I’m sure to Jaguar fans, Kaufusi is an impressive player out of BYU with impressive size to match. Standing at a stout 6’6’’ 285lb, Kaufusi is a former reserve basketball player with a massive wingspan that any edge rusher would like to have. Kaufusi recorded 11 sacks in his senior year to accompany his 64 tackles. While he has a habit of being more a straight line rusher, Kaufusi has the athletic ability and strength to be a solid edge rusher in the near future. To follow up a pick like Noah Spence, Kaufusi could boost up the depth of the RE spot and could probably play some other spots on the line.
Round 5 Pick 146: Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
At this point in the draft why not take some chances. Some people might be familiar with Martinez as he was the leading tackler in the Pac-12 in 2015 and a force on the inside of the Stanford defense. Athletic and solid, Martinez has the ability to play sideline to sideline and be a solid 2 down linebacker. With some bad tendencies including a knack of getting caught up in trash and not playing as downhill as he should, Martinez could end up being a good player and a decent backup to Poz in the middle.
Round 6 Pick 181: Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
Hadn’t heard or seen much from this guy until not that long ago when looking at the depth of the DT position in the 2016 draft. Gotsis could play that elephant end for the Jags similar to what Red Bryant played and he has the size to do it. He’s a solid 6’5’’ and about 300 lbs. Match that with the ability to run and Gotsis could pan out to be a player as a run stopping end in the Jaguars defense. Plus, it’s the 6th round, this is a chance again to take a flyer on someone who could make the 53 and be a solid depth player on the new and improved D-line.
Round 6 Pick 201: Keanu Neal, SS, Florida
Yes, yes, and yes for Keanu Neal in the 6th round! Standing at 6’ and 200 lbs, Neal is a downhill, pounding safety who only knows one speed. A natural hitter with crazy athleticism, Neal was an All-American and one of the best safeties in college football. When Cyp or Samples fails us, call in the neck roll from Gainesville to do the job.
Round 7 Pick 225: Jake McGee, TE, Florida
Personally I really wanted to pick Watt at FB, but seeing as the Jags 86’d the position it made no sense. TE is a position that has some players already at it, but adding a solid move TE to the mix doesn’t seem like it could hurt. With Marcedes on the way out in the next 2 years or so McGee could grow into a decent player and could be a help in the near future. A better pass catcher and move TE than a blocking TE, McGee had a successful senior year after being misused in the offenses Muschamp wanted to run. With the ability to put size on and already standing 6’5’’ 250lb, McGee is a pick in the 7th round I don’t see a problem in taking.
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