The Jacksonville Jaguars make key additions on both offense and defense.
Owner Shahid Kahn talked about the importance of having a franchise quarterback earlier this year and Trevor Lawrence will be the best prospect available in 2021’s draft. If the Clemson product turns to be the kind of player analyst project him to be, the team will be set at the position for the next decade.
Although it may sound like hyperbole at first, teams that have a top-ten quarterback don’t have to worry about the position. Think of Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, or Patrick Mahomes, and how frequently their respective teams use first-round picks on a signal-caller. Every year, teams look for ways to trade up in order to get a top-echelon prospect. This year, the ‘Jags’ can sit back and turn in the card for Lawrence when they’re on the clock on draft night.
Although it would make sense for Jacksonville to use their second-round selection, the extra one they got when they traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019, on left tackle Liam Eichenberg, they take fellow Fighting Irish Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at 25. The ‘Jags’ can sign left tackle Trent Williams in the open market and use a few early-round picks to bolster their defense.
Even though the Jaguars’ have a couple of studs on Myles Jack and Joe Schobert, they need to round out their linebacker corps and Owusu-Koramoah would fit nicely. The Virginia native thrived in pass coverage at Notre Dame and is a hard hitter even though he’s just 215 pounds. Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen can help him have the same kind of impact in the NFL.