The Jacksonville Jaguars used the ninth overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft to take cornerback C.J. Henderson. However, a recent draft redo sees them choosing Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the same pick instead of the Florida product.
Chris Trapasso recently published a draft do-over and, and the ‘Jags’ take Tagovailoa in it. He believes that even though the former Crimson Tide quarterback didn’t have a good rookie season, he still has plenty of talent and still has time to flourish. Trapasso also sees the ‘Jags’ taking offensive lineman Mike Onwenu, originally a sixth-round pick in 2020, with the 20th overall pick instead of K’Lavon Chaisson, who falls to the Tennessee Titans lap at 29.
In the same redo, the Cincinnati Bengals draft Justin Herbert first overall while the ‘Phins’, who originally drafted Tagovailoa at number five, doesn’t pass up the chance to take Joe Burrow. The Washington Football Team takes defensive end Chase Young once again while wide receiver Justin Jefferson moves up 19 spots and gets drafted by the Detroit Lions with the third overall selection.
Do the Jacksonville Jaguars’ redo picks make sense?
It’s too early to give on Tagovailoa but it wouldn’t have made much sense for the Jaguars to draft him. Garder Minshew II was coming off a solid rookie season and Jacksonville wanted to see if he could become its franchise quarterback. He didn’t fare very well in 2020 but it’s unlikely the Alabama product would’ve played much better behind the Jaguars’ inconsistent offensive line.
Moreover, Jacksonville’s inability to win games last season put them in prime position to earn the first overall selection in 2021’s draft, which they will likely use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is a better prospect than Tagovailoa.
On the other hand, Chaisson went through a learning curve in the first half of the season, but finished on a high note, registering 21 pressures in the second half. He still has room to improve and should be even better in his sophomore campaigning with Joe Cullen leading the Jaguars’ defense.
Henderson and Chaisson didn’t have the most productive rookie seasons, but still have plenty of untapped potential and should be part of the Jaguars’ long-term plans. The jury is still out, but it seems like this Jacksonville team made the right picks.