Okay, it’s incredibly unlikely the Jacksonville Jaguars will use every draft pick they have on a defensive player. But defense is going to be a huge focus for the Jaguars in this draft. They have to be sure to dip into all areas, especially in the secondary and on the defensive line.
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Round 1: CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
The Jaguars have to address the position of cornerback both in free agency and the draft. Get yourself a true number one corner in free agency and build depth and competition through the draft.
Patrick Surtain II is the best cornerback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class. He has good size at 6’2″ and 203 pounds and a solid frame. What stands out about Surtain are his length, patience, and football IQ. He remains patient with his feet, making sure to take no false steps, and does a good job at using his hands to jam the receiver in press coverage.
Areas that Surtain struggles with are in his short-area quickness and turning his back, allowing the receiver to create more separation.
Round 1: EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
Edge rusher isn’t as crucial of position for the Jaguars to address as much as the interior defensive line is.
Gregory Rousseau is a raw edge prospect coming into this draft. Before the start of the 2020 college football season, he was often seen as a top-five/top ten draft pick in most mock drafts. Now, a little more than two months before the draft, Rousseau has slipped into the last first round.
Rousseau is a developmental prospect who will likely see a few snaps per game in the NFL. He has good size, great length, and the physical tools to be a successful edge rusher. But Rousseau is still underdeveloped when it comes to his experience and technique. He’s had one true year of production in college, and while he put up big numbers, the tape tells a different story. As Joe Marino from The Draft Network said in the preview of his scouting report for Rousseau, Rousseau has to work on his “technical refinement and processing skills.”
Round 2: S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Trevon Moehrig is the top safety prospect in this year’s draft class. He’s seemingly climbed the ranks in the past few weeks and for the right reasons. Moehrig had good production in college and finished with 124 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and seven interceptions. He plays exceptionally well as a single-high safety and is a serious ball disruptor. He’s consistent, he’s rangy, and he has good awareness and football IQ.
Round 2: IDL Levi Onwuzurike
I’ve previously written about how the Jaguars have to target Levi Onwuzurike in the draft, and for the right reasons. He is an eye-popping prospect on tape. Not only is he incredibly athletic and explosive, but he’s also a tremendous gap controller. He knows how to cut off running lanes and stuff the backfield. One area he needs to improve on is his secondary moves.