There are a lot of players for the Jacksonville Jaguars to evaluate and they are already likely waist-deep in their scouting process. The Jaguars are set up for a good draft with two picks in the first round and two in the second round. They will have their choice to pick four of the top 64 players (barring any trades). While draft mistakes can happen, the Jaguars should avoid taking these three prospects in the first round.
Good players, but Jaguars should avoid them…
QB Justin Fields – Ohio State
The evaluation process of a draft prospect is a long one, especially when it comes to talented quarterbacks like Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. All likelihood is that the Jaguars still have yet to decide on the number one pick. To fans, this is an easy decision. The media covets these prospects. But when it comes to scouting in the league, it’s a more in-depth process. Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen were drafted over Lamar Jackson. Tim Couch was drafted over Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper.
The Jaguars want to make sure they pick the right quarterback to lead their team to a Super Bowl appearance. But this is a pick that Jacksonville shouldn’t overthink. The right choice is clearly Trevor Lawrence. He’s one of the best quarterback prospects ever. He has far more strengths and fewer weaknesses than close number two QB, Justin Fields. Don’t try and get cute. Pick Lawrence.
EDGE Gregory Rousseau – Miami
I’ve written about Gregory Rousseau before and even mocked him to the Jaguars in an all-defense mock. He’s a good player with a ton of potential but his rawness is where the concerns come in. He’s still quite underdeveloped and I would avoid taking him in the first round of the draft at this cost. If he’s there in the second, then it’s a risk to take.
Safety Jevon Holland – Oregon
Jevon Holland is a talented safety prospect but he is not the number one safety in this draft class. The Jaguars need to draft a safety at some point early in the draft and Trevon Moehrig would be a better direction to go. Holland’s name continues to be put into first-round consideration but his value is not quite there with Jacksonville’s 25th or 33rd overall selections. If he’s there around pick 45 and Moehrig is already off the board, then make the move.