Jaguars: Three biggest losers after the 2019 NFL Draft
The Jaguars did well in the draft, however, there are always players and organizations that come out of the draft as losers. Here is a look at the three teams that came out as the biggest losers.
The season is creeping closer and the anticipation for the coming year is now at a steady boil. The draft is over, and it’s easy to judge a team as winners and losers in the offseason. The Jaguars are no different. Once the season starts all of that could change.
After what has been viewed as an offseason of change within the organization and personnel, these Jaguars are moving forward. Winning in free agency and the draft doesn’t matter if it doesn’t result in wins.
With those things being said about the Jaguars, here are the three biggest losers so far after the 2019 draft.
1. The New York Giants – Yes, the New York Giants. You might ask how the G-Men are linked to the Jaguars in this story? Well, it is a connection that makes plenty of sense.
The Giants are coming out of this draft looking like big time losers. They passed up on a premier edge rusher (Josh Allen) that the Jaguars took for a quarterback who more than likely would have been available with their later pick.
Their failure, however, turned out to benefit this franchise because of how Allen fell in Jacksonville’s lap. The Giants have been making a lot of very controversial decisions this offseason. So far it seems like, at least for the Jaguars, these decisions are paying off.
2. Will Richardson/ Cedric Ogbuehi – Both Will Richardson and Cedric Ogbuehi are coming out of the draft now fighting another player for the chance to start at right tackle. Richardson was drafted in the fourth round by the Jaguars last season.
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Ogbuehi is a former first-round pick drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals who is looking to shake off the “bust” title by winning a starting job and proving all his doubters wrong.
Unfortunately for the two, Jawaan Taylor fell to Jacksonville in the second round. Now they will most likely be competing for a role as Taylor’s backup.
3. The Jaguars Secondary – The Jaguars have the best pair of corners in the league in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Boyue. Two players that can lock up any receiver and really limit what the opposing offense is doing.
After cutting both Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson there are holes at the safety position. Many thought Jacksonville would draft a safety to replace Gipson. Ronnie Harrison did well enough last season to earn a starting role, but right now the other starting safety is an unproven Jarrod Wilson.
Perhaps Wilson will prove to be a valuable starter, but it seems the Jaguars missed on some opportunities to draft a game-changing free safety.