The Jaguars three biggest winners of the 2019 NFL draft
The 2019 NFL draft has come to a close. The Jaguars did a good job drafting the best players available while still filling needs. Who were the biggest winners heading into training camp?
The Jaguars came out of the 2019 draft looking like winners, picking a top five talent in Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen with the seventh pick, and then using their second-round pick (35th overall) on Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor, someone who some analyst predicted Jacksonville to take with their first pick.
The roster is filled with top talent and promise. The Jaguars have improved its roster this offseason as training camp approaches. Though it’s hard to narrow down just three here are the biggest winners for the Jaguars after the NFL Draft.
1. NICK FOLES – Nick Foles came out of this draft as a huge winner. The selection of Taylor ensures that the right side of the offensive line is secure. Pass protection has been a major issue for the Jaguars in years past, but Jacksonville has made significant strides towards improving on that front.
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If the offensive line can stay healthy, it has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. Josh Oliver will look to fill a much-discussed hole at tight end. His presence will provide a security blanket for Foles and give him a very good red-zone target.
2. JOSH ALLEN – Josh Allen benefits tremendously being drafted by a team that already has a few stellar pass rushers. Instead of being rushed to make an impact and get to the quarterback, he will feel less pressure on his shoulders and have the ability to hone in on his rush moves and find suitable counter moves to add to the arsenal.
This means that he will learn moves and be mentored by the likes of Calais Campbell, and there will not be an immediate spotlight on him. Offensive coordinators won’t have to scheme around him. The future is still up in the air about star end Yannick Ngakoue, but hopes are that Jacksonville will pay him the money he deserves.
This means that Jacksonville will have two young edge rushers and a veteran who is doing a great job mentoring them both.
3. THE YOUNG RECEIVERS – Coming into this draft many said that our biggest need was finding a star pass catcher. General manager David Caldwell, VP Tom Coughlin, and Head Coach Doug Marrone believe in this young group of receivers. One thing this group has is depth, another thing is speed.
It’s possible that Jacksonville may be taking more of a spread the ball attack. Instead of one key receiver, they would rather have five solid players.
This isn’t saying that this group doesn’t have potential. A star could still emerge from the group that consists of Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark, Marqise Lee, and Keelan Cole.
It truly is going to come down to who wants to be the go-to guy for Foles, and who he builds chemistry with the quickest.
The Jaguars are giving this young group of guys a chance. Because of not drafting another set of hands two weeks ago, they are one of the biggest winners after the draft.