Future Jacksonville Jaguars at the NFL Combine
How many of the players on hand at the NFL Combine in February are being considered by the Jacksonville Jaguars for the NFL Draft in April?
Under careful watch by scouts, coaches and front office staff, 338 prospects displayed their talents at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. A handful of these players have to been linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the team has made some noise in free agency, that may not stop the Jaguars front office from adding depth at every position on offense, including quarterback. Fans of the Black and Teal should be aware of these future NFL players.
Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State – While the Jaguars recently signed quarterback Nick Foles to a four year, $88 million contract, the Jaguars should still look for their quarterback of the future. Yes, Nick Foles is a worthy starting quarterback now, but the Jaguars need to look past today’s window and set themselves up well for the future.
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The quarterback that is the most projected to the Jaguars, Dwayne Haskins looked pinpoint in throwing drills — especially in the middle of the field — and didn’t do much to elevate or lower his projected draft status. Haskins looks to be the safest pick of all the signal callers available.
Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma – Kyler Murray did not participate in any activities for the Combine but elected to interview with teams. According to Charley Casserly, “These were the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated QB and I’ve been doing this for a long time… leadership — not good. Study habits — not good. The board work — below not good. Not good in any of those areas, raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do.”
Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke – The Manning-apprentice, Daniel Jones had the best day of all quarterbacks during the combine, with a solid 40 time and passing drills. There isn’t much to say from these passers when one can’t get ahead of another, but Jones might have elevated his draft stock.
Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri – Once again, no QB has impressed like last season’s Combine, but Drew Lock held his own during drills. His speed to get rid of the football was among the highest and he looked great with the deep ball.
Lock may up being a first-round pick after his underrated performance.
Jonah Williams, Tackle, Alabama – Jonah Williams provided solid protection for all Crimson Tide quarterbacks for 43 straight starts at left tackle for the Crimson Tide. Williams could make a move to guard — considered to have small arms for a left tackle — and also be a star at the position.
Williams is regarded as the safest offensive lineman in this years draft, and with the Jaguars releasing Jermey Parnell, he could be a replacement.
Jawaan Taylor, Tackle, Florida – Jawaan Taylor shined at the Combine and propelled himself into the top offensive lineman spot with his excellent workouts. Taylor might be more up the Jaguars’ alley with his impressive run blocking.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jaguars select Taylor with the seventh pick.
D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss – The winner of the Combine, D.K. Metcalf stole the show with his inhuman stats. Metcalf’s draft stock soared into many mock drafts’ top ten. Metcalf could potentially be an immediate playmaker for the Jaguars.
A combination of speed, size, and athleticism all add up to Metcalf becoming one of the best young receivers in the NFL.
T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa – One of the two talented Iowa tight ends, T.J. Hockenson ran the seventh-fastest 40 among the position. Hockenson is one of the best bets on the offensive side of the football, with his rare blocking excellence and solid hands.
Hockenson had the second-best vertical at 37 ½ inches, proving he can also be a threat in the red zone. With a need for tight end, Hockenson could be a sleeper pick for the Jaguars. If taken, Hockenson would be one of the highest tight ends to ever be selected.
With the Foles signing the Jaguars might have found the signal caller’s new Zach Ertz.
Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa – While Hockenson might be the safer of the Iowa tight ends, Noah Fant has the potential to be a big-time player for the Jaguars.
Holding the faster 40 time and vertical jump, Fant possesses the attributes to be a star in the league, but his hands and blocking bring up some question marks. Regardless, his ceiling could be high enough for the Jaguars to take him.
Irv Smith Jr., Tight End, Alabama – Another high-quality tight end that could be on the Jaguars radar, Irv Smith Jr. The son of former Notre Dame star and first tight end taken in the 1993 NFL draft, Irv Smith Jr. caught 44 passes for 710 yards.
While Smith Jr. might not have caught the attention like the other tight ends, Smith Jr. looks to be a reliable starter for whatever team takes him. If the Jaguars do not address tight end in the first round, look for Smith Jr. to be a day two target for the team.