The Jacksonville Jaguars own the first overall and 25th overall draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Clemson quarter Trevor Lawrence is the unanimous number one overall selection for Jacksonville while the 25th pick has seen substantial speculation.
For some time, offensive tackle seemed to be the consensus pick at 25th overall for the Jaguars. After the hire of head coach Urban Meyer, the consensus has changed a bit. More and More draft analysts are now slating for the Jaguars to draft a wide receiver early despite already having D.J. Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. locked down for the future.
There are multiple directions the Jaguars could go at wide receiver if they were to select one 25th overall. The current popular choice amongst analysts is Florida wide receiver, Kadarius Toney.
Kadarius Toney has the potential to be an elite weapon
Kadarius Toney is a natural talent and an incredibly explosive wide receiver. His athletic profile is prevalent as he previously played quarterback and ran track in high school. While he may be a bit undersized at 5’11” and 190 pounds, his versatility makes up for it.
Toney is a bit limited as a route runner but his agility, quickness, and ability to create separation will allow him to be successful as a slot receiver at the NFL level. His contested-catch ability is still yet to be seen and he may have a few character concerns, but if his talent can translate to the NFL, he will be an elite weapon.
Could the Jaguars really target Toney at 25th overall?
The Jaguars really don’t need to select a wide receiver early in the draft. But they are operating under a new regime and it’s unsure what their focus will be on past the selection of quarterback. Veteran receivers Chris Conley and Keelan Cole are due to be free agents in the offseason and their future in Jacksonville are unknown.
Those who are predicting Toney to Jacksonville are even going so far as to comparing him to receivers Percy Harvin and Curtis Samuel, who urban Meyer previously coached at the University of Florida Florida and Ohio State University, respectively. It may be too hard to pass up on an offensive weapon if the Jaguars want to get back in the groove.