Good people of Duval, welcome into my first Jaguars seven-round mock draft since Urban Meyer's hiring. We're not sure how Meyer and the Jaguars' next GM will attack free agency and the draft, but I suspect Meyer will look to add elite talent and high football character guys. He wants players that eat, sleep, and breathe football. That's not to say they can't have a personality, but it needs to not distract from the team's goals.
Before we get this thing underway, there are a few things you should know.
For this mock, I used The Draft Network's Mock Draft Machine. So don't jump down my throat about X player falling to X spot. All of this happened within the confines of the Mock Machine.
I have the Jaguars addressing left tackle in free agency by signing Cam Robinson or another experienced vet. When it comes to the rest of the in-house unrestricted free agents, the Jaguars retain Sidney Jones, Tyler Shatley, and James O'Shaughnessy. Urbs also lands a couple of former Ohio Staters: offensive weapon Curtis Samuel and interior offensive lineman Corey Linsley. On the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars sign a quality to elite veteran safety, of which there are many set to hit free agency. Preferably it's Justin Simmons, Marcus Maye, or Anthony Harris.
#1 Overall - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
No need to discuss this much — the Jaguars land one of the most highly graded prospects in recent memory. Trevor Lawrence is the foundation of the Jaguars' new offense.
#25 Overall - OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
I don't think Darrisaw will fall to this spot, but I ran a simulation of the first round several times, and the Virginia Tech left tackle slid to the Jaguars more often than not. The true junior has steadily improved throughout his career and was nearly perfect in 2020. He didn't allow a single sack and was a force as a run blocker. He fits any scheme. Despite having a veteran left tackle, Darrisaw is too good to pass up here. And the Jaguars need to pursue every option that keeps Lawrence upright and out of harm's way. If Darrisaw can't win the starting left tackle job in year one, he should be able to push Jawaan Taylor on the right side.
# 33 Overall - DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
A physical freak, Nixon might have the most upside of any defensive tackle in the class. But he failed to play with the consistency from snap to snap that you'd look for in a first-round defensive tackle. Still, with the Jaguars' third pick, his ability is too much for Urban Meyer and company to pass on, especially with the run defense or lack thereof, the Jaguars have put on tape over the last two seasons. Plugging in Nixon as the interior penetrator next to DaVon Hamilton gives the Jaguars a legit young duo with complementary skill sets on the defensive interior.
#45 Overall - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Despite adding a veteran safety in free agency, the Jaguars can still stand to upgrade the unit. Free safety Jarrod Wilson was a defensive captain this past season, but he's far from a game-changer. Moehrig is the best safety in the class. Adding Moehrig to the mix gives the Jaguars options for the future and the present. He's a playmaker that always seems to find the ball. He's a willing and able tackler but is best utilized in space versus in the box.
#60 Overall - TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
Urban Meyer is well versed when it comes to using athletic tight ends in his offense. Meyer would be able to use Jordan in a variety of ways, and he could potentially develop into one of the top players at the position in all of football. Jordan was highly efficient at Miami in 2020 and could be the missing link at tight end the Jaguars have so desperately needed. We traded pick 104, 224, and a 2022 4th Rounder to get back into the second round.
#65 Overall - RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
At the top of the third round, Williams's value was too much to pass up here. He reminds me of a souped-up version of, you guessed it, James Robinson. Like Robinson, he runs with a low center of gravity, has good vision, and always makes the first man miss. But I think he's got more agility and long speed than Robinson. Having a two-headed monster of runners that are tough to tackle, good in pass pro, and quality receivers out of the backfield sets Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars' offense up for success.
#128 Overall - DE Rashad Weaver, Pitt
What a value here. Weaver is my seventh-ranked edge defender in a loaded class. He's not explosive around the edge, but his length, strength, hand technique, and surprising quickness allow him to dominate. He's been a stout run defender and racked up an eye-popping 48 pressures to go along with 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 2020. Weaver gives the Jaguars a versatile defensive lineman that could line up on the edge on early downs and lineup at DT in explicit passing situations.
#143 Overall - WR Austin Watkins, UAB
Another value pick, Watkins would be a top 100 selection had he played in the Power 5. The cousin of Sammy, Austin, is ultra-competitive and has an impressive blend of size, speed, and ball skills. Watkins didn't drop a single pass in 2020 and is an ideal developmental receiver to add to the mix at the bottom of the depth chart.
#168 Overall - CB Olaijah Griffin, Southern Cal
Griffin is the son of Hip Hop legend Warren G. I'd draft him for that reason alone. But his play on the field was inspired in 2020. He didn't surrender a single touchdown in coverage and allowed a completion percentage of just 47. He's got the length you look for in an NFL cornerback, but he could stand to add a few pounds to his frame. His overall athleticism should serve him well at the next level, and I'd be surprised if he can't carve out a spot on the roster.
Trade #245 for 2022 6th
In this draft, the Jaguars add six players that will contribute immediately and three more developmental pieces later on.
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