How will the first three rounds of the NFL Draft breakdown for the Jacksonville Jaguars? Here is a look at their first four selections.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are officially on the clock.
In reality, fans have been preparing for the NFL Draft since November at the beginning of a five-game losing streak which mathematically out of the playoffs.
Now, with multiple picks and a potential new strategy, the Jaguars have a chance to get better quickly.
Thank you, Jalen Ramsey.
Jacksonville has three selections in the first 42 pics in April‘s draft, and four selections in the first 73. That should give general manager David Caldwell and his staff and opportunity to locate this organization’s biggest needs and find players who can fill them.
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"“We have the assets and the draft capital to be able to do that. We have two first-round picks, Caldwell said when he was asked how big of a challenge it is to improve the talent of the roster in the offseason.“We have an extra fifth-round pick this year, and we will be in a good situation from our cap standpoint, too, if we need it to go out and get free agents and fill some holes before the draft.”"
The NFL draft has always been something I’ve looked forward to, since 1983 with the famous “quarterback draft” that involved John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. The Jaguars won’t be taking a quarterback this year, but they could shore up their defense and the offensive line.
Here is a look at my first mock draft where I predict what the Jaguars will do in the first three rounds in April.
ROUND 1, PICK 9 – ISAIAH SIMMONS, LB, CLEMSON
Simmons is a beast who can play either the safety or linebacker position. Both are needs for the Jaguars defense. At 6’4” and 230 pounds, he packs a punch with each hit and could be a solid help in stopping the run. Simmons has the speed to cover a tight end over the middle or come in off the edge to rush the quarterback.
ROUND 1, PICK 20 – C.J. HENDERSON, CB, FLORIDA
Henderson is another Florida defensive back who should excel at the next level. He is lean at 6’1” and 192 pounds, but the Jaguars will welcome him because they do need depth in the secondary. I like Henderson battling Tre Herndon for the starting spot in training camp.
ROUND 2. PICK 42 – MARVIN WILSON DEFENSIVE TACKLE, FLORIDA STATE
Forget the fact Florida State had a down year. Wilson is a huge space-eater at 6’5” and 311 with possible room to grow. He will work well in the interior line rotation.
The team’s biggest issues on defense this past season was stopping the run. Wilson, depending on how quickly he adjusts to the next level, could push Taven Bryan, the Jaguars 2018 first-round draft pick, for immediate playing time.
ROUND 3, PICK 73 – CALVIN THROCKMORTON, TACKLE, OREGON
I admit I did not know much about him until recently and now think he could be a steal. I’m not sure how the Jaguars will move forward in free agency with offensive line help, but the team does figure to add more bodies at some point. The right side is set with Jawaan Taylor. There are still plenty of questions about Cam Robinson.