The Jacksonville Jaguars are one week closer to the offseason.
There’s only one more game left in the offseason, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are probably looking forward to it. They haven’t been very good this season and have lost 14 consecutive games. On the bright side, they have already secured the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and there’s a 99.99 percent chance they will use it to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but that’s not it.
Things get better for the Jaguars, as they have an extra first-round selection, the second one they received from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019. There are different directions the team can take with that pick, and while upgrading the left tackle position seems to be a popular choice, they could also draft a cornerback to play opposite C.J. Henderson.
Why should the Jacksonville Jaguars use the 21st in a cornerback?
In their latest mock draft, Pro Football Focus projects the Jaguars to draft Lawrence with the first overall pick and Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell with the 21st overall. While the first one doesn’t come as a surprise, the second one kind of makes sense.
PFF points out that outside Sidney Jones, Jacksonville doesn’t have much experience and talent at the position. Meanwhile, they believe Campbell has the physical tools to turn into a solid player in the NFL.
Henderson had some rough games but was overall solid before a groin injury ended his season. Meanwhile, Jones is set to become a free agent in the offseason and it’s uncertain if the ‘Jags’ are interested in bringing him back, but even if they do, they should consider adding someone else, as he has been dealing with injuries all year long.
This Jacksonville team has so many needs that it’s uncertain what route they will take to address them. Free agency will offer some enticing options, but if they want to use the draft as a means to bolster their cornerback group, they could end up targeting Campbell in the first round.