Jacksonville Jaguars: Weighing options at TE heading into free agency

Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth #87 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth #87 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Kyle Pitts #84 and defensive back Brian Branch #14 (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have limited options in the draft.

The Jaguars have probably earmarked the first overall selection for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. However, they will have another pick in the first round, the 25th overall. Moreover, they will have the first selection in the second round, the 33rd overall, and an additional one, the 45th overall, so they will have plenty of opportunities to draft a tight end.

Kyle Pitts is the best tight end prospect in this year’s draft class, but he will be likely gone by the time the Jags are on the clock at 25. Thus, if they want to take him they would have to trade up to have a shot at choosing him.

On the other hand, there’s Pat Freiermuth. Although the Penn State product isn’t ranked as highly as Pitts, he has the potential to become a difference-maker in the NFL. His physicality and penchant for breaking tackles could entice the Jaguars’ brass to choose him. Even though he may not be worth a first-round selection, he should be there at 33 and possibly at 45. Nevertheless, if Jacksonville likes him, they shouldn’t leave it to chance and take him with their first second-round selection.

Outside Pitts and Freiermuth, there isn’t a tight end prospect worth a first or second-round pick this year, so the Jaguars’ options will be limited to those two if they want to add a playmaker in the selection meeting.