The Jaguars secured the bag on Sunday, falling 41-17 to the Bears. With the Jacksonville loss and the New York Jets' victory over the Browns, the Jags locked in the number one overall pick in the draft for the first time in franchise history. With that in mind, it's time for a new seven-round mock draft!
In this scenario, we don't know how the front office and coaching staff will look, but I can still break down roster needs. I have the Jaguars obtaining a starting left tackle for the 2021 season before the draft, whether they sign Cam Robinson to a new deal or sign a free agent. I also have the Jags improving their group of offensive weapons by signing a free agent tight end or receiver. Among those with expiring contracts are Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller, and Juju Smith-Schuster. I also have the team signing a veteran cornerback to provide depth behind CJ Henderson and Sidney Jones (who the team also needs to re-sign).
Lets' get to it!
#1 Overall - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
The darling of the draft community for nearly half a decade now, Trevor Lawrence comes to Jacksonville after living up to and perhaps exceeding expectations at Clemson. Considered a generational talent, Lawrence is an easy pick for most decision-makers and will give the Jaguars their first franchise quarterback in over two decades. With Lawrence in Jax, now the front office needs to build around him on both sides of the ball.
#13 Overall - TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Pitts is another player Jacksonville fans have been pining for, and for good reason. His blend of size, speed, soft hands, and competitive toughness, makes him impossible to ignore. Because the Jaguars have an excess of draft capital, they can afford to go get Pitts by trading 21st and 65th picks to the Vikings. With Pitts in the fold, the Jaguars' offense has more than enough playmaking ability to threaten opposing defenses at every level.
#33 Overall - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
The Jaguars have one quality safety in Jarrod Wilson, but they badly need to address their other safety spot. Because Wilson is versatile enough to play strong or free, the Jaguars can afford to add Moehrig, who will usually line up at free safety. He's the definition of ball hawk on the back end and will immediately give the Jaguars more playmaking ability. His penchant for creating turnovers will help give Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars' offense favorable situations.
#35 Overall - DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
Phillips, without question, has first-round talent. There are some questions about his character, so he'll have to do well in the pre-draft process, but the kid has Pro Bowl potential on the field. He's big, athletic, and excels on all three downs. A former five-star recruit, Phillips has reminded the scouting world in 2020 why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. Getting him in the mix with Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson would give the Jaguars a three-headed monster of young edge defenders. We traded picks 45 and 141 to get up to 35.
#59 Overall - DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
Another trade up for a defensive lineman with Pro Bowl potential. This time we gave up two fourths and a seventh-rounder. Barmore is just now coming into his own as a redshirt sophomore. An elite interior pass rusher, Barmore can be what the Jaguars hoped Taven Bryan would be when they drafted him in the first round. Barmore has the production and athletic traits to be an instant impact pass rusher and has a high ceiling as a run defender as well. Pairing him with DaVon Hamilton and having Doug Cosin rotate in gives the Jaguars a quality young defensive interior. Al Woods will also be under contract in 2021 if he elects to return to football after skipping the season because of COVID.
#162 Overall - RB Javian Hawkins, Louisville
The Jaguars could use a burner to spell James Robinson at times. Hawkins won't lose many footraces at the next level, and he plays with more physicality than you might expect. He's not a bruiser by any stretch, but his lateral quickness and contact balance enable Hawkins to extend plays. Hawkins is an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield as well. His size is a bit concerning, but there's no doubt he can hit the home run on any given play.
#247 Overall - WR Austin Watkins, UAB
Hawkins has prototypical size and speed for the NFL game and is the cousin of Sammy Watkins. He has strong hands and impressive production. He's an excellent developmental receiver to add to the stable. With this receiver class's depth, adding a talent like Watkins in the seventh round makes more sense than reaching for an offensive lineman here.
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