It's mock draft season, Duval.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media is easily one of the more influential draft analysts in the game today. On Tuesday, he released his mock draft 2.0. Let's take a look at where he has the Jaguars going with their first two picks!
Trevor Lawrence · QB
School: Clemson | Year: Junior
Trevor Lawrence's Pro Day performance should cement his status as the best player in the draft. This is a no-brainer decision for the Jaguars.
Trevor Lawrence is the apple of Urban Meyer's eye. It's easy to see why. This one is a forgone conclusion at this point. Neeeeext.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah · LB
School: Notre Dame | Year: Junior (RS)
Urban Meyer has put an emphasis on speed everywhere he's been. Owusu-Koramoah brings exactly that to the Jacksonville defense.
This is where things get really interesting. I don't believe I've seen Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah mocked to the Jaguars yet. But DJ is spot on when talking about Meyer wanting the Jaguars to play fast and fearless. That's precisely how Owusu-Koramoah plays, or "JOKER," plays the game. I haven't thought much about the Jaguars selecting him, but now that the idea has entered my psyche, it makes a lot of sense. As a team looking to add JOKER in the draft, you need to have a plan in place. He's not a traditional linebacker — in fact, I have him graded as a safety. In reality, he's a mixture of both. So, if the Jaguars are going to go with him at 25, Joe Cullen, Urban Meyer, and company will need to know that he's not going to be a true WLB or SS or even FS. Instead, he's going to be a chess piece — a player that can serve a variety of purposes. Adding players like this has proven risky over the last decade or so, but the teams that have hit home runs with these hybrid types have known exactly how they would use them. I feel JOKER will find more success early than some is because he doesn't really have a weakness. He's excellent in man-to-man and zone coverage. But he's also a heat-seeking missile rolling downhill or chasing plays to the boundary. He's a game-breaker, to be sure. With Joe Cullen's history of exotic defenses in Baltimore, this could be a match made in football heaven. Owusu-Koramoah is currently my tenth-ranked player in the 2021 draft class.
With these two prospects, the Jaguars undoubtedly would be hitting on the "Fast and Fearless" mantra Urban Meyer has brought with him to Duval.
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