You might not like it, but we're midway through November, and yet again, the prevailing talk amongst Jaguars' fans and media is of the future. In the midst of another failed season, the Jaguars are 1-8 and on track to land one of the top picks in the draft.
Kyle Crabbs aka "The Grind Father", The Draft Networks' Senior Draft Analyst, recently released a three-round mock draft, and it's damn near perfect from a Jaguars' perspective.
Let's dive in!
The top pick for the Jaguars is an easy one at this point in the process. With Trevor Lawrence off the board, the Jaguars land the next best thing at quarterback: Justin Fields. Fields might not be the same level of prospect as Lawrence, but he's undoubtedly closing the gap. Size? Check. Arm Strength? Check. Touch? Check. Mobility? Check. Pedigree? Check. Taking strides from a mental standpoint? Check. Fields would be an easy candidate to be the top pick in many draft classes throughout history, and for the Jaguars to land him at two overall would be an out of the park homerun.
Moving down to the Jaguars' second pick in the draft, acquired via trade from the Rams, Crabbs has the Big Cats adding left tackle Sam Cosmi from Texas. This pick only makes sense if the Jaguars let Cam Robinson walk in free agency following this season. Whether or not they should do so is debatable, as Robinson has developed into a decent starting left tackle. But if Robinson does walk, Cosmi would be an ideal selection to help protect Justin Fields. He's got the length and athleticism to hold up on the edge. This might not be a sexy pick, but if Robinson isn't in Duval, it'd be a necessary one.
The second round is where the Jaguars spice it up. At 34 overall, Crabbs has the Jags landing tight end Pat Friermuth. Before the world witnessed the dominance of Kyle Pitts this fall, Friermuth was widely considered the top tight end prospect in the class, and with good reason. He's the total package at tight end and would become a reliable check down target and safety blanket for Justin Fields. He can do it all, from blocking to making plays in the passing game, and could lock down the tight end one spot for the Jaguars for years to come.
As much as I like Cosmi and Friermuth, this next pick is my favorite (outside of Fields). The Jaguars have long lacked a playmaking free safety with range. At 45, they land TCU star Trevon Moehrig, who is a first-round talent in my eyes. He's developing as a tackler, but Moehrig makes his most significant impact in forcing turnovers and incompletions. He's got adequate speed, and similar to Myles Jack, he has a nose for the football. Over the last nineteen games of his career, Moehrig has registered 18 passes defended, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles. With newfound offensive firepower, the Jaguars need defenders that can give the ball back to their offense.
Finally, with the Jaguars' third-round selection at 66 overall, they land cornerback Rodarius Williams from OK State. Williams has a ton of experience on the outside. His combination of length and physicality suggests that he'll be able to develop into a quality press corner. Williams hasn't been a ballhawk, but he's consistently been disruptive as a cover corner, registering 26 career passes defended. The Jags have CJ Henderson locked in at one starting cornerback spot and appear to have found a gem in Sidney Jones on the other side. Jones is set to become a free agent after the season, so Williams makes more sense here if they don't lock him up on a long-term deal. Even if the Jaguars do bring Sidney Jones back, adding developmental depth at cornerback is critical in this day and age.
I really appreciate what Kyle Crabbs did here. Landing Justin Fields in the first, plus Pat Friermuth and Trevon Moehrig in the second, would be a steal. I'd probably lean in the direction of re-signing Cam Robinson, who is still showing signs of development at just 25 years old, instead of addressing left tackle in the first round. Doing so would allow the team to add the best player available instead of filling a newly created hole. As far as Rodarius Williams goes, I'm never going to be against adding more talent to a secondary that has struggled at times in 2020. On the whole, Crabbs did a bang-up job for the Jags here.
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