With the Seventh Pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…
By Jesse Overby
These are the five players the Jacksonville Jaguars might select with their first pick in the NFL Draft in April in Nashville.
The Jaguars currently hold the number seven pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Although it’s possible they could trade out of that spot, for this article we’re going to assume that they’ll be picking in the same spot.
With that in mind, what direction do they go? Do they have a particular position they want to fill first or do they pick the best player on their board? If they’re targeting someone, who’s their guy?
Here are five possibilities based on what I believe is their greatest needs – offensive line and tight end – and who are projected to be among the top players at those positions. I’m also looking at the current roster and the talent/depth at these positions.
Luckily, this year’s NFL draft is deep at both positions. That means the Jaguars are in an ideal spot. They can choose for need and still get top players who might also be the best available player. That bodes well for the team to improve in areas of need while also gaining depth.
Here are my five best players at the guard, right tackle, and tight end positions:
No. 5: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College – He has the pedigree….his father is in the Boston College Football Hall of Fame as an offensive lineman and played three years in the NFL. His uncle Eric also played at Boston College.
Chris Lindstrom played alongside his younger brother Alex in college. Boston College has a run-heavy offense and Lindstrom is considered the best at his position in this year’s draft. With the Jaguars wanting to be a dominant run offense, they will undoubtedly have him on their board.
However, since he plays guard, he could be available when the Jaguars pick in the second round.
The number seven pick is very high for the position.
No. 4: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa – He’s athletic and would be difficult for linebackers to cover. Noah Fant isn’t a strong blocker. He would probably be used mainly in passing situations. With the Jaguars looking to use the run effectively, his lack of run-blocking skills doesn’t help his stock, which is why I put him here.
No. 3: Jonah Williams, T, Alabama – He is one of the best offensive tackles in the draft and, quite possibly, the most technically sound.
Jonah Williams isn’t as athletic as some other tackles, which means he may be moved to the right tackle spot, He does have strength and versatility to play guard. With his ability to play either position and start right away, he’ll be high on the Jaguars board.
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No. 2: Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida – Jawaan Taylor is more athletic than Williams, and his natural position is at right tackle, which gives him the edge. He can also play guard, adding to the possibility that the Jaguars make him their first pick in this year’s draft.
No. 1: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa – T.J. Hockenson is considered the top tight end this year, is as athletic as almost every other tight end and is a more accomplished blocker.
I have him at No. 1 because of his pass catching abilities, which make him a threat whenever he’s in the game and causes the defense to have to use a player to account for him.
With his ability to assist the offensive line in the run game and his proficiency in the passing game, he gets the nod over the offensive lineman.