The Jaguars wannabe GM’s Four-Round Mock Draft
By Kathy Clark
This Jaguars wannabe General Manager is not fond of mock drafts but feels compelled to enter the fray. Check out her latest best guess at how the team will fair in the NFL Draft.
The Jaguars have needs in a variety of areas. There is no possibility to add players for every position so difficult choices must be made. My areas of need since the end of the previous season have not changed.
The Jaguars needs help on the right side of the offensive line.
There are other areas of importance. They need another good receiver. The running back position became a little more critical last week but the reason remains the same.
A run-first gameplan needs more than one capable running back.
The Jaguars are very thin at safety and our defensive line has strong starters but not much backing them up.
With that all said, here we go.
Round One – Pick 7: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa (6’5″, 251 pounds)
T.J. Hockenson fills two needs. He is an additional blocker on the line and an excellent receiver. His draft combine grade was 6.35. This grade indicates an immediate starter and potential all pro.
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"Per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, “Hockenson is a throwback in the sense that he is more than just a pass-catching machine…..He is also one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft who has great athleticism.”"
Round Two – Pick 38: Dalton Risner, Offensive tackle, Kansas State (6’5”, 312 pounds)
Dalton Risner plays right tackle, which is an area of need for the Jaguars. His combine grade of 6.03 indicates an immediate starter.
"Per the Draft Network, “Pass protection is as consistent and sturdy as they come. Positive technique in pass sets with good pace and explosiveness. Easily processes stunts…strong anchor.”"
Sounds like Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles will love him. He could solve the Jaguars issues at right tackle immediately.
Round Three – Pick 69: Mike Weber, Running Back, Ohio State (5’10”, 211 pounds)
Mike Weber played his college football at Ohio State and is used to big-time competition. His Combine score was 5.28 but the comments were much more positive. To start, he ran an impressive 4.49 40 yard dash.
In addition, he showed skill as a receiver, has a hard running style, and has the potential to be a three-down back.
Foles needs wide receivers and Weber fits the bill.
Round Three – Pick 98: Andy Isabella, Wide Receiver, UMass (5’11, 188 pounds)
Andy Isabella tied for the fastest 40-yard dash at the Combine with a blistering 4.31 time. His combine grade of 5.57 suggests he can be a starter in the NFL. He gained 1,698 yards during the 2018 season at U Mass.
I noticed him immediately at the Senior Bowl. He had a game-high 7 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. He could be a good slot receiver and should help on special teams.
Round Four – Pick 109: Mike Bell, Safety, Fresno State (6’ 3”, 210 pounds)
"Per the Draft Network, “Mike Bell is an active run defender, super physical and puts out a good effort.He shows good energy and is a solid tackler. Ball skills are a strength for him. He has great size and would be a fine backup.”"
The Jaguars do need depth at this position. Bell will get a chance to work as a backup and on special teams.
Comments – The five players I chose will likely be available when the Jaguars pick. As a Gator my heart wanted to give Jachai Polite a chance in Round Three, but my head forced me to stay on point. Two other players – Brian Burns (defensive lineman) from Florida State University and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (defensive back) from the University of Florida would be solid choices as well.
My biggest regret is not picking an edge rusher to replace Dante Fowler. Maybe a jewel in the later rounds is waiting. There are never enough choices to meet ALL the needs. This group fills most of the needs.