Could another surprise come from the Jacksonville Jaguars on day two of the NFL draft?
The first round of the 2018 NFL draft is officially in the books. With some prospects drafted higher than expected, and some taking a slide, and numerous trades, Thursday night offered plenty of entertainment.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were not excluded from the unpredictability on day one, shocking most with the selection of defensive tackle Taven Bryan at 29th overall. With the defensive pick, what does rounds two and three have in store for the Jaguars? Let’s take a look at potential prospects that Jacksonville could target on Friday night, some of which may only be available through a trade up:
When Lamar Jackson slid to the tail end of the first round, and was available for the Jaguars at 29, some thought the team could pull the trigger on the Louisville product. But Jacksonville looked elsewhere, and could in turn choose to focus in on Mason Rudolph as the quarterback of the future. Rudolph was thought by some to be an option in round one, and could be on the table in round two should he remain available.
Hernandez is a guy that I was sold on in the first round, and was surprisingly not selected after 32 picks. This is a pick that the Jaguars would almost definitely have to move up to make. A popular mock to Jacksonville at 29 was Hernandez, and the guard would be a phenomenal day two selection if the Jaguars could reel him in.
While Hernandez would be the big splash, Tyrell Crosby may possibly be the more realistic option at adding an offensive lineman on Friday. Crosby is also a guard, and took a visit to the team in pre-draft activities.
Another player that was mentioned often when it came to Jacksonville, and again was a first/second round tweener. Goedert was considered by some to be the best tight end in the draft, and the Jaguars would benefit tremendously from a pass catcher at the position with Goedert’s abilities.
Jacksonville will almost assuredly add a wide receiver at some point in the draft, and D.J Chark would be a steal if there at pick 61. Chark ran a blazing 4.34 forty at the NFL scouting combine, and also recorded a 40 inch vertical jump. Chark has quality size, and would be a valuable piece to throw into the current wideout mix for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville caught most everyone off guard by going defensive in the first round, but the team could easily take another player from that side of the ball on day two. The Jaguars signed D.J. Hayden in free agency, but may look to continue to bolster the nickel role, where Duke Dawson could fill in nicely.
Griffin famously has defied odds, excelling as a football player despite having just one hand. Griffin was a stud at UCF, and shined at the combine. The Jaguars need depth at linebacker, and have had numerous talks with Griffin throughout the draft process. Griffin could find himself staying in-state at the next level by receiving a call from Jacksonville.