Jacksonville Jaguars best options with the 25th overall pick

Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth #87 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth #87 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the 25th pick in the draft.

Many enjoy taking part in mock drafts every year and try their attempt at predicting each pick. It can be fairly easy to predict draft selections early in the first round but it can get difficult towards the mid-first round. Players will ultimately be drafted earlier than expected or drop further than thought.

Right now the Jaguars own the 25th overall pick, their second in the first round. This could change depending on how the last two games of the seasons go but likely not by much. They are an array of players the Jaguars can select and here are the top five they should consider:

Jaguars best options:

. . OT Jalen Mayfield. 1. player. 811.

The Jaguars desperately need help on the offensive line and the position of offensive tackle has to be on the top of their target list in the draft.

The Jaguars could put Jalen Mayfield at right tackle while keeping Cam Robinson on the left as Gardner Minshew, or presumably Trevor Lawrence’s, blindside protector. Cam Robinson is due to be a free agent but Jacksonville should look to retain him.

DT Jay Tufele. 2. player. 808. . .

The defensive line is another weakness for Jacksonville and it’s critical that they address both the interior and edge in the draft.

Unlike previous draft classes, this year is a bit unclear on who the top defensive tackle prospect is. There’s still plenty of time between now and the draft for the top guy to emerge but it seems like USC’s Jay Tufele is holding onto the top spot tightly.

Tufele is a threat against both the pass and the run. He’s an incredible athlete who has a quick change of direction for someone his size. He does a great job at shedding blocks and locating the ball. One area Tufele could improve on is his hand technique. He needs to work on his counter moves but he ultimately has a high ceiling and has a ton of room for development going forward.

EDGE Patrick Jones II. 3. player. 866. . .

It doesn’t feel like Pittsburgh’s Patrick Jones II is being talked about enough and he should be in the conversation for the top EDGE prospect in this draft.

Jones has the natural skill set to be a dominant edge rusher in the NFL. He’s explosive off the snap and is quick to set the edge. The biggest area Jones needs to work on is his hand technique and winning on the first contact. He has long arms and needs to take more advantage of that.

Jones’s production drastically improved in his senior season. In 11 games, he had 42 total tackles, nine sacks, and 12.5 tackles for loss.

806. . . . TE Pat Freiermuth. 4. player

The Jaguars need a franchise tight end and that could very well be Penn State tight end, Pat Freiermuth. Florida’s Kyle Pitts is regarded as the number one tight end prospect in this draft. The only reason Freiermuth is ranked second is because Pitts is faster and has bigger numbers.

Freiermuth is nicknamed “Baby Gronk”, and for the right reasons. He’s 6’5″ 260 pounds and is a physical specimen on offense. He’s not very quick but Freiermuth has great contact balance and will run defenders right over. Really the only concern about him is his lack of speed and underwhelming numbers.

. . . EDGE Joseph Ossai. 5. player. 851

Texas’s Joseph Ossai is projected by most to be drafted in the late first-round. Ossai is an explosive athlete at 6’3″ and 245 pounds. He’s still a bit raw but shows magnificent promise as a weakside linebacker a the pro level. Ossai has the skillset to be a LEO in the NFL, a position made popular by the Seattle Seahawks, where a player basically plays a defensive end/linebacker hybrid.

Pass coverage is the biggest area that Ossai needs to work on. He has to do better at knowing what’s going on around him when he’s dropped back into coverage

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