Why would Jaguars draft OG Wyatt Davis with 2nd round pick?
The 2021 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and it’s almost a given the Jacksonville Jaguars will take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick, but what about their other early-round selections? There will be many enticing options available late in the first round and in the second and the team should definitely invest in the offensive line, but should they take Ohio State offensive guard Wyatt Davis with the 33rd overall pick?
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports projects in his most recent mock draft that the Jags will take Davis with their first second-round pick. He also believes they will take Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore with the 25th overall pick, but the guard’s selection is the most surprising one.
While it would make sense for the Jags to bolster their wide receiver corps, taking a guard early in the draft would be puzzling knowing there are other positions they could target. Other than quarterback, tight end may be their most pressing need and they could also add an offensive tackle, a safety, or an EDGE defender.
Why it would make sense for the Jaguars to draft Wyatt Davis at 33?
On the other hand, drafting Davis at 33 isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s true the Jaguars need to address the tight end position, but they also need to reinforce the offensive line. Andrew Norwell and A.J. Cann are set to become free agents in 2021 and the team needs to start planning for the future.
A two-year starter at Ohio State, Davis is one of the highest-rated guards in the draft and could compete for a starting spot right out of the gate. Other than a knee injury he sustained in the 2020 National Championship game, the California native doesn’t have many red flags and has the balance and power to thrive in the NFL.
Even though taking an offensive tackle early in the draft may be better due to the importance of the position, selecting Wyatt 33rd overall wouldn’t be a bad move. The Jaguars would still end up with a potential difference-maker regardless of the position.