Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 draft class earns positive assessment

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #30 Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have some building blocks in place.

This is going to be a crucial offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re coming off a 1-15 season and have major needs at pretty much every position group. Head coach Urban Meyer will be responsible for righting the ship and getting enough playmakers. On the other hand, he already has a few building blocks that should be part of the team’s long-term vision and some of them are part of their 2020 draft class.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report recently graded every team’s 2020 rookie class and he gave the Jaguars’ an ‘A’. He says cornerback C.J. Henderson displayed flashes of talent and brings up the fact wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. finished third in the team with 600 receiving yards.

Moreover, Roling points out the fact Jacksonville’s 2020 middle and late draft picks played notable roles. It’s true the team had to rely on rookies due to all the injuries the team suffered, but coincidentally, they were able to take a look at what the youngsters could do on the field because of it.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2020 draft class provided a few starters.

Henderson showed he could play at a high level before a groin injury cut his 2020 season short. The same is true for defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, who was out after injuring his knee in Week 12. Also, defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson displayed growth towards the end of the season after being a non-factor early in the year. All three should play a big role and hold starting jobs in 2021.

Had the ‘Jags’ had better quarterback play in 2020, Shenault’s numbers would’ve probably been better. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said the offense looked different when the Colorado standout was on the field and usually raved about his talent. It will be great to see Jacksonville make him a big part of the game plan next season.

Keep in mind Roling just graded the Jaguars’ draft picks, not their undrafted free agents. Otherwise, they would’ve gotten an ‘A++’, due to the presence of running back sensation James Robinson and defensive tackle Doug Costin, who stepped in when he had his name called.

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The Jaguars’ roster will likely go through turnover as they will bring in players through free agency and the draft. However, don’t be surprised if we see their 2020 rookie class play a big role in the organization moving forward.