Jacksonville Jaguars: What to do with the 20th pick in the NFL Draft

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Don’t forget, the Jacksonville Jaguars have two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. There are two chances to make an impact on this franchise.

I think the most intriguing part of the Jacksonville Jaguars draft will take place when the team makes its selection with the 20th pick in the first round.

Thanks to the deal that sent Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams, the team sets itself up nicely to have three picks in the first 42 slots. his means the front office, led by general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone, can get three top-quality players who can help this franchise immediately.

It’s a great position to be in. If Jacksonville is serious about taking the next step forward and becoming a winning football team once again, it begins with free agency and continues into April with the Draft.

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Hopefully, Caldwell will be able to punch numbers as he did in 2016, which brought the team Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Yannick Ngakoue. If this class in 2020 is anything like that or the one in 2019, then fans should see improvements across both sides of the line this coming season.

The team’s first selection figures to be on the offensive or defensive line or potentially at linebacker. It would be a huge surprise if someone like Jeffery Okudah from Ohio State or even pass-rush specialist Chase Young fell to the team that deep into the first round – but we know stranger things have happened. The Raiders and Giants gift wrapped Josh Allen to this team with the seventh pick last year.

If the Jaguars are able to get the impact player they hope for with the top 10 pick, then they can focus on a player who can make an impact in the second half of the draft, which means a “best player available” scenario is a strong possibility.

Here are a few potential players who might be available when the Jaguars are on the clock with the 20th pick in the NFL Draft.

Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I know many Jaguars fans would love to see the team take Jerry Jeudy with the ninth pick, but he does not fit an immediate need like a defensive tackle or linebacker. But the thought of the team making Henry Ruggs their second first-round pick does offer some intrigue.

First, the Jaguars’ wide receivers aren’t as bad as some make them out to be. Second, a West Coast offense would open up the field more and force defenses to focus on four options in the passing game. Ruggs is a speedster who could do well in the slot and work underneath the coverage.

Alabama has suddenly become the school you look to for wide receivers and the thought of Ruggs added to a trio of DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley is scary, to say the least.

Neville Gallimore, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma

I like the idea of the Jaguars grabbing Clemson star Isaiah Simmons with their first pick and coming back with another defensive player with their second first-round pick. This should be a defense-heavy draft where the team seeks power upfront and speed on the back end.

Gallimore could be a first-round steal.

"Per The Draft Network, “Neville Gallimore is a disruptive 1T in a penetration style defensive system. Gallimore isn’t necessarily a huge finisher and hasn’t rolled up huge production in the backfield but make no mistake, his initial quickness, power, hand counters and motor will provide plenty of disruption upfront.”"

The Jaguars need that because it is unlikely Marcell Dareus will be part of the rotation in 2020.

Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Fans around here would go crazy with excitement if the Jaguars were to grab one Clemson star early then get another one to stretch the defense.

Tee Higgins, at 6’4″ and 215 pounds, has been compared to DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans with his size and playmaking ability. He showcased how good he could be this season playing in the ACC and in the National Title Game against LSU.

The Jaguars have Chark (6’4″) and Conley (6’3″) on the roster. Adding Higgins would give them three solid red-zone options and player who could make catches on 50-50 balls downfield. He may also be a part of the team’s return game, much like Chark was in his first season in the NFL.

Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU

The Jaguars must come away with a defensive back in the draft to help not only with depth but to challenge for a starting spot at either cornerback or safety. Losing Ramsey last season was a huge blow to the defense, but the team must move on.

Kristian Fulton is a star who could step right in and start. While A.J. Bouye and Tre Herndon did an adequate job as a duo last season, the LSU product is a certain upgrade at the position.

"Per thedraftnetwork.com, “Ideal blend of agility, flexibility, and body control. Never false steps and works angles very well in his kick-step or his click-and-close to crowd receivers into the sideline or as the ball arrives.”"