This seems like a logical course of action for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in need of a franchise quarterback and may look into upgrading their left tackle situation in the 2021 NFL Draft. Thus, it isn’t surprising to see them target both positions in the first round of a recent Bleacher Report mock.
Brent Sobleski of BR believes the ‘Jags’ will take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the second overall pick and will use the 25th selection, which they are currently projected to have on draft day, on Oklahoma State left tackle Teven Jenkins.
Why is Justin Fields the right quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Sobleski thinks efficiency and consistency are Fields’ biggest attributes. He cites Jeremy Fowler of ESPN and says the gap between Clemson quarterback and Trevor Lawrence and the Buckeyes signal-caller may not be as big as some would think.
Also, Fields would jump into a favorable situation. Although the Jaguars are in need of an infusion of talent in most position groups, their offensive cupboard isn’t totally bare. Rookie James Robinson is one of the best running backs in the NFL and could help take some pressure off the passing game.
Moreover, this Jacksonville team has a couple of studs in their wide receiver corps. Laviska Shenault Jr. has displayed playmaking prowess in his rookie season and DJ Chark Jr. has shown he can be a difference-maker in the past.
Teven Jenkins could upgrade the Jacksonville Jaguars’ left tackle position.
On the other hand, Sobleski thinks Teven Jenkins would be an upgrade over incumbent left tackle Cam Robinson. He sees Jenkins as a consistent and smooth pass protector, something Robinson is not. He also cites the Cowboys’ standout flexibility to switch between left and right tackle as another reason to give him a shot.
This Jacksonville team doesn’t necessarily have to draft Fields or Jenkins, but quarterback and left tackle are the team’s biggest needs on offense heading into the offseason. While it would be a questionable decision to pass up a quarterback in the first round, they could use their second first-round selection on a position other than left tackle.
Then again, the Players Selection Meeting will present many enticing left tackle prospects, so the Jaguars would be better off choosing one of them. The fact the organization can afford to take different roads to rebuild the roster in 2021’s draft should be encouraging.