Which direction will the Jacksonville Jaguars turn in the NFL Draft? This organization has many areas that need attention in 2020.
The Combine is in the books and NFL free agency is ready to start. It’s time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to take a serious look at the 2020 draft.
The Jaguars are in a fortunate and unfortunate position. It is fortunate because the team can use help at almost every position so there are no possible mistakes in that area. It is unfortunate because the Jaguars have very limited proven and talented players. They can ill-afford another draft bust. They must hit a lot of home runs to become competitive again.
Jacksonville currently has 10 picks in April. That could change if other moves are made to free the team of high-priced veterans or they seek a deal involving defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. There have been many stories here on Black and Teal, suggesting the fourth-year star will be in high demand despite the organization using the franchise tag to secure his services before a deal can get done.
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The Jaguars were 16th in the NFL in passing in 2019 (235 yards per game) and 17th in rushing (106.8 yards per contest). The defense took several steps back, giving up 24.8 points per contest. Yes, change is needed. Hopefully, the upcoming draft will bring that.
Here is a look at how the team’s draft choices break down.
Pick 9 Round One – Derrick Brown DT Auburn
The Jaguars must improve the middle of the defensive line and Derrick Brown fills that need. His Combine performance was not ideal in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle but his play in the SEC, size at 6’5” and 326 pounds, and draft grade of 7.16 make him a great prospect.
Pick 20 Round One – Andrew Thomas OL Georgia
Andrew Thomas has played both tackle positions. He has an excellent chance to be a day one starter with a draft grade of 6.48. He has great size at 6’5” and 315 pounds and played on an excellent offensive line. He was named the first-team All American by the Associated Press.
Pick 42 Round Two – Jonathan Greenard DE/EDGE Florida
He was an All-SEC performer in 2019 and plays well against the run and the pass. Jonathan Greenard is 6’3” and weighs 263 pounds. He is an instinctive player and known to be a hard worker with a high motor.
Pick 74 Round Three – Tee Higgins WR Clemson
Tee Higgins has a solid draft grade of 6.48 and was a great player at Clemson. At 6’4” 216 pounds, he has impressive size for a wide receiver. He is a top athlete and was a great basketball player in high school.
He can play more than one receiver spot for the Jaguars and is a great mismatch against small corners.
Pick 116 Round Four – Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame
Cole Kmet is 6’6” and 262 pounds. His Combine grade is 6.34. He is more of a threat as a pass-catcher than a run blocker. A primary need for the Jaguars is receivers who can catch the ball. His size alone makes him an intriguing prospect.
Pick 166 Round Five – Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
The Jaguars are in serious need of a cornerback and Noah Igbinoghene with a 6.29 draft grade is a possible fit. He is strong and physical and very good against the run. He is raw but has great potential. He is 5’10” and 198 pounds.
Pick 207 Round Six – Carter Coughlin LB Minnesota
Carter Coughlin is listed as a linebacker but was considered an edge rusher in college. He has good size at 6’3” and 236 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.
His combine grade is 5.58. He needs to develop his leverage but that can be adjusted in time.
Pick 224 Round Seven – Malcolm Perry WR Navy
A versatile player, Malcolm Perry and has played both quarterback and receiver. He is a great playmaker and is smart and competitive. I see him as a player who can be put in a variety of positions including option quarterback. He is undersized at 5’9” and 186 pounds. His Combine grade is 5.4.
This Mock Draft fills a variety of needs. I really wanted a running back and another defensive lineman but I ran out of picks. Bear in mind that with the start of free agency the Jaguars may fill many needs with NFL veterans.