The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled to stop opposing offenses from scoring last season and although it sounds cliche, it all started with their defensive line, which couldn’t stuff the run nor generate pressure. Although they have promising young talent in defensive tackles DaVon Hamilton and Doug Costin, they need to bolster their front four, and that’s precisely what a recent mock draft projects that they will do in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports sees the Jaguars using their second first-round selection to take Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore. He says he was their top-ranked defensive end last offseason and even though it took him a while to “get it going”, he saved his best for the final month of the season.
The Philadelphia native was one of the hottest prospects in the last month of the 2020 college season, registering 16 pressures, ten hurries, and five sacks in the five games prior to the National Championship. There, he shined and secured his place as a top draft prospect, logging five tackles (two for a loss), and one sack against Ohio State.
A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Barmore has the size, athleticism, and power to thrive at the NFL level. Even though he had limited playing time at Alabama and was a starter for just one season, he shouldn’t have trouble making the transition to the pros.
Does the pick make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The staff at B&T pegged Barmore as one of three Alabama players the Jaguars could draft with the 25th overall pick. Other than quarterback, which the team will address with the first overall pick, defensive tackle is one of Jacksonville’s most pressing needs this offseason. Costin and Hamiton should keep developing in their sophomore campaign but the team can’t solely depend on them. Thus, adding Barmore, arguably the best defensive tackle in the draft makes sense.
On the other hand, the Jaguars could use their second first-round pick to address other needs and still draft Barmore with their first second-round pick, the 33rd overall. Of course, if they really like the defensive tackle, they should just go ahead and turn in the draft card with his name at 25.