Who doesn't need a pristine mock draft to get their weekend kicked off right!?
We don't yet know who the next Jaguars' head coach and general manager will be, but we've got a seven-round mock draft on deck. Before the draft, we need to figure out where the Jaguars will spend their money in Free Agency.
Here, for the sake of keeping things fresh, we'll have the Jaguars signing a new safety to solidify the secondary. Because there's an abundance of quality safeties set to hit free agency, this is a position where the Jaguars can find a significant upgrade without necessarily breaking the bank. They'll land one of Justin Simmons, Marcus Maye, Anthony Harris, Marcus Williams, Malik Hooker, or Keanu Neal.
The Jaguars also sign Trent Williams to a behemoth of a deal to help protect their young franchise quarterback, Trevor Lawrence.
The team re-signs Keelan Cole, keeping the impressive blend of skill and depth that the WR corp displayed in 2020. They also re-sign Sidney Jones at cornerback, Tyler Shatley at center/guard, and James O'Shaughnessy at tight end.
Because CJ Henderson and Sidney Jones are oft-injured, the Jags also sign a veteran cornerback who can serve as a mentor and third outside cornerback.
Finally, the Jaguars also sign Jonnu Smith or Hunter Henry, giving the team a legitimate threat at the tight end position.
With safety, cornerback, left tackle, tight end, and receiver solidified, the Jaguars now have plenty of freedom in the draft. After selecting Lawrence at one overall, they don't have many glaring needs.
We'll skip the whole bit about Trevor Lawrence. He's a Jaguar.
#21 Overall - DE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
A ridiculously productive pass rusher at Georgia, Ojulari has everything you look for in a first-round edge rusher. He can create pressure with a variety of moves and has gone up against some of the best competition college football has to offer. Adding him to the mix with K'Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen on the edge gives the Jaguars the pass-rushing depth they so desperately lacked for much of 2020.
#28 Overall - DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
We traded up from 33 to 28, giving up a seventh-rounder to do so. Barmore is a redshirt sophomore that's just coming into his own, but he's an absolute terror on the interior. He makes for a great running mate with DaVon Hamilton and allows Doug Costin to fall back into a more natural rotational role. Barmore is already an elite interior pass rusher and is stout against the run.
#46 Overall - LT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
The Jaguars should be able to enlist a quality starting left tackle into their ranks this offseason, but developing a plan for the future is also key. Leatherwood has been a stud during his time at Alabama, even more so than Cam Robinson was. He's a more fluid mover than Robinson and has some positional versatility. Ideally, he won't be thrust into the starting lineup in year one. Instead, he can learn behind a veteran and perhaps push Jawaan Taylor a bit on the right side of the O-Line.
#65 Overall - RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
I have my doubts as to whether Williams will fall this far or not, but if he does, the Jaguars could be looking at a monstrous two-headed rushing attack in James Robinson and Javonte Williams. Williams is actually quite similar to Robinson but looks to have a little more juice in his game. He shows vision and rarely goes down on first contact. With Robinson and Williams in the fold, once the Jaguars gain a lead, they should be able to pound their opponents into submission.
#78 Overall - iOL Landon Dickerson, Alabama
We traded pick 102 and 141 to move up and snag another interior offensive lineman of the future. Dickerson has positional versatility along the interior. He surrendered just five quarterback pressures all year. With Andrew Norwell and AJ Cann not likely to be in Jacksonville for much more than a year or two, adding Dickerson to the mix with Ben Bartch, Tyler Shatley, and Brandon Linder makes too much sense.
#122 Overall - WR Austin Watkins, UAB
Watkins, the cousin of Sammy, looks the part of a starting NFL receiver and plays like it too. At 6'3'' and 200-pounds, Watkins could develop into a high-quality outside receiver. He shows more nuanced route running than I expected and has all the competitive toughness you could ever ask for. He certainly brings some swagger to the field. At this point in the draft, the Jaguars might not have NEEDED a receiver, but he was easily the best player available and should be able to make the roster.
#163 Overall - DB Ar'Darius Washington, TCU
There's really no reason outside of his height (5'8") that Washington shouldn't be a day two pick. But due to his diminutive stature, Washington could fall. He's a playmaker that's always around the ball. He's a surprisingly strong tackler and is excellent in zone and man coverage. Could play the nickel or either safety role in certain situations. He's definitely not your prototypical NFL safety, but that's not why you draft him.
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