Jacksonville Jaguars draft: G Wyatt Davis declares for 2021 NFL Draft

Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars could give everyone a surprise.

When you think of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster needs this offseason, it’s unlike the guard position crosses your mind. However, we should always expect the unexpected, especially with a pretty good guard declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Buckeyes guard Wyatt Davis recently announced on social media he will forgo his senior season and will start preparing for 2021’s draft. This is the second time he declares for the draft, as he had originally done it back when the Big Ten announced the decision to cancel the 2020 season. However, the 6-foot-4 standout returned to Ohio State when the conference resumed the season.

Davis projects as a plug-and-play right guard, according to Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network, and should get his name called in the first round of this year’s draft. The California native earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors and was named Unanimous All-American in 2020.

Could the Jacksonville Jaguars draft Wyatt Davis?

The Jaguars have a pair of solid guards in Andrew Norwell and A.J. Cann, so it’s unlikely they target Davis in the first round. If anything, it would make sense for them to use their second first-round selection, the 25th overall, on a left tackle such as Sam Cosmi or Liam Eichenberg, not a guard. However, if the Ohio State product for some reason slid to the second round, this Jacksonville might consider taking him with the 33rd overall.

The ‘Jags’ need to fortify their defensive line and their secondary, but if they believe they should take the best available player when they’re on the clock, regardless of the position, Davis could be an option. On the other hand, Jacksonville may opt to invest the pick in a position group that is in need of an upgrade, not one that doesn’t require much attention.

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The Jaguars need to address many needs this upcoming draft, but they also have enough selections to take care of most of them. Depending on how the process unfolds, they could end up making a surprise pick and take Davis.