The Jacksonville Jaguars should consider drafting a tight end.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have eleven picks in the 2021 NFL draft, four of them in the first two rounds. While they will likely use the first overall selection to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, they could their second first-round pick or a selection in the second round on a tight end prospect.
Keep in mind the ‘Jags’ have a second pick in the first round. They got it from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019. The Rams are still in the playoffs, so it’s currently unknown what number that pick will be until the Rams lose. For the moment, it’s the 25th overall selection.
Nevertheless, there’s only one tight end projected as a first-rounder and he will likely be a top 10 pick, which means he may not be there when the Jaguars are on the clock for their second first-round pick, regardless of which number it is.
The top 3 tight end prospects the Jacksonville Jaguars can draft in 2021.
Kyle Pitts, Florida – The 2020 John Mackey Award nod is believed to the best tight end in this years’ draft, and quite possibly a top ten pick. Unless he falls into the middle of the first round, he will be long gone before the Jaguars are on the clock for the second time in the first round.
If Pitts falls into the middle of the first round, the ‘Jags’ may be able to put together a trade package to move up and select him. It’s not likely he’ll drop because of the emphasis on the tight end position in the NFL over the last few years, and being the only one worthy of a first-round selection should make him a hot commodity.
Brevin Jordan, Miami – At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Jordan could be described as a “tweener”. He’s a little taller and heavier than most wide receivers, and he’s also a little shorter and lighter than most tight ends, so how will he do at the pro level? He was a consistent performer for Miami in his three years there, with his junior year being his best.
Still, Jordan is a drop off from Pitts. If this Jacksonville team doesn’t land Pitts and the Florida tight end is available when it’s time to make their second pick in the second round, the one they got from the Minnesota Vikings, they should consider pulling the trigger on him.
Pat Freiermuth, Penn State – Most experts have him as the second-best tight in this years’ NFL draft, but he should be third. Freiermuth isn’t projected in the first round, but rather a late-second to mid-third round pick. After solid freshman and sophomore seasons, his production dropped off significantly in his junior year, which should be a concern moving forwards. The Jaguars don’t need any projects at tight ends. Instead, they should target someone who can contribute right out of the gate and Freiermuth may not be it.