The Jaguars look primed to land Urban Meyer as their next head coach. But a week has passed since they let go of Doug Marrone, and the club still hasn't announced who their new head coach will be. The Jaguars met with Urban Meyer on Friday, but it's been all quiet on that front since.
The Jaguars should be all in on Urban Meyer. He's a program builder with a nearly flawless record when it comes to winning and getting the most out of his quarterbacks. He always surrounds himself with talented coaches and has never failed to win at the highest level. It appears this is a match made in football heaven. But what happens if the Jaguars can't land Urban Meyer due to his health issues or some other mitigating circumstance?
Doug Pederson should be on the shortlist. Philadephia fired Pederson on Monday after a down year for the Eagles. His biggest claim to fame is leading Nick Foles and the Eagles to a resounding Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in 2017. But Pederson has done quite a bit more than that. The Eagles had a winning record in three of his five seasons and made the playoffs three times. His overall record of 42-37-1 was significantly more impressive before a disastrous 2020 campaign. He was 38-26 entering 2020 and was one of the most well-regarded head coaches in football. A season in which Carson Wentz lost his mojo and the rest of the roster was filled with holes shouldn't change that. If a deal between the Jaguars and Urban Meyer doesn't come to fruition, Pederson should be one of the top two-three guys the Jaguars call.
There was a little contest known as the College Football Playoff National Championship last night. Ohio State and Alabama's roster were filled with stars, some that could end up in a Jaguars' uniform following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Christian Barmore made himself plenty of money in 2020. The talented interior defensive lineman is just a redshirt sophomore, but he's developed into a dominant interior pass rusher and has improved as a run defender. He's likely a round one pick and could be a fit for the Jaguars with their second selection on day one of the draft.
Najee Harris has also raised his draft stock quite a bit this year. He's transformed himself into a versatile three-down back. He's got rare movement skills for such a large back and has plenty of power. He's an excellent pass protector and receiver out of the backfield. If he somehow falls to the third round, Harris could be an ideal partner for James Robinson in the Jaguars' backfield. He's more likely, however, to go in the first two rounds.
Chris Olave didn't have his most explosive performance of the year against Bama, but the silky smooth receiver from Ohio State hauled in eight of his nine targets and continued to show how reliable he'll be at the next level. He's slight in frame but has enough length and athletic ability to find early and sustained success as a starter in the NFL. His route running is off the charts. He could be a target for the Jaguars with one of their second-round picks. If he somehow falls to round three, the Jaguars should sprint to the podium.
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