Welcome to my first mock draft of February. I won't talk too much about this one before we get to the good stuff. This is a predictive mock draft, so it doesn't necessarily represent what I would do if Shad Khan named me the Jaguars' general manager. Instead, it displays what I believe the Jaguars might realistically do when the draft rolls around in late April. You should also note that in this scenario, I have the Jaguars signing a starting-caliber guard and tight end in free agency.
No. 9 Overall — LB/S Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The Jaguars get the best player available at number nine. Simmons can play any of the linebacker positions, but also has the ability to play safety or even nickel. He's an excellent blitzer to boot. Jacksonville gets the ultimate chess piece here. He'll have an immediate impact in both pass defense and as a run stuffer.
No. 12 Overall — DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Boom! The first trade-up scenario that I've offered this mock draft season: The Jaguars could trade up with the Raiders, swapping the 20th pick and the 42nd pick for the 12th overall pick. The trade offers value to both teams. The Raiders get even more draft capital for the Gruden/Mayock rebuild, and the Jaguars add another elite prospect to help revamp their defense. Kinlaw, like Simmons, will be able to help the Jaguars in run defense and against the pass. He's a physical freak that can play either defensive tackle position and shouldn't need to come off the field much.
No. 73 Overall — WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
A second straight player from South Carolina? Hear me out: this kid could be a perfect complement to DJ Chark. Chark is the ultimate downfield threat, and Edwards can do a bit of that too. But he excels at getting manufactured touches and making the most out of them. Screens, reverses, and short slants are his calling card right now. He also brings a certain physicality to the position that the Jaguars currently lack.
No. 116 Overall — CB AJ Green, Oklahoma State
Green matches the profile that Dave Caldwell has coveted with cornerbacks during his time in Jacksonville. At 6'2'' tall, Green is long and plays the game with physicality. He'll likely come in and develop as a back up early on with the hopes of earning a starting role after a year or two. He also adds much-needed depth at outside cornerback.
No. 167 Overall — RB Lamical Perine, Florida
The Jaguars currently have a nice stable of running backs in Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, and Divine Ogzigbo. But Fournette's rookie deal is coming to an end, and there's no guarantee the Jaguars will want to pony up to keep Fournette around long term. Perine has the skill set to become a three-down running back and is more explosive than people give him credit for. If the Jaguars aren't sold on paying Fournette, Perine would be a logical choice to be his potential replacement.
No. 189 Overall — OL Yasir Durant, Missouri
The Jaguars need to establish more depth along the offensive line, and Durant has a ridiculous physical profile. A former JUCO transfer, Durant needs time to develop, but his length and strength are imposing for a day three selection. Durant played left tackle at Missouri, but may have the requisite skill set to move along the offensive line at the next level.
No. 207 Overall — LB Mohamed Barry, Nebraska
Even with the addition of Isaiah Simmons, the Jaguars could use a thumper in run support. That's what Mo Barry brings to the table. He lacks length, which gets him in trouble at times, but there aren't many linebackers that will bring more physicality to the position.
No. 224 Overall — WR/KR Joe Reed, Virginia
The Jaguars struggled mightly from a kick return standpoint in 2019. Joe Reed will fix their problem at kick returner and turn a negative into a positive. He's fast and elusive, as evidenced by his five kick return touchdowns at Virginia. Reed also has a nice skillset from a wide receiver standpoint and could develop into a role player on offense.
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