Jaguars 2021 NFL Draft: 3 takeaways from pre-draft press conference
3) The Jacksonville Jaguars will put a premium on value, trust board.
Urban Meyer confided he wasn’t previously familiarized with the concept of draft value, but said he’s relied on his assistant coaches to get up to speed with the process. Trent Baalke added that they are looking at value, and will be stacking the draft board taking the value of the player into consideration, not need.
"Look at the player for what it is, stack the board for what it is, and let the board speak to us on draft day. If there’s a player there at a position of need, and we have it valued that way, the decision will be to go with the need."
Based on Meyer’s and Baalke’s comments, the Jaguars won’t address the safety and tight end positions in the first round if they don’t think the value is there. In fact, they could even trade back a few spots if they think they can still land a quality player.
Kyle Pitts may be the only tight end in the draft with a first-round grade and they won’t have a realistic chance to take him, so it will be interesting how much Jacksonville values Pat Freiermuth, arguably the second-best tight end prospect. Would they draft the Florida product in the first round? Brevin Jordan would also be an appealing alternative in the second or third round.
The same is true for the safety position. Trevon Moehrig may be the only safety prospect with a first-round selection but there will be some enticing options in the second round. This Jacksonville team could address other needs with their second first-round selection, the 25th overall, and still land a quality safety such as Richie Grant, Javen Holland, or Andre Cisco in the second round.
In the end, don’t be surprised if the Jaguars don’t take a safety or a tight end because the value isn’t there. After all, the team needs to come out of the draft with a handful of playmakers, regardless of the position.