3 reasons why you have to like Jacksonville Jaguars draft haul

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a plethora of skill-position players.

Last year, wide receiver was one of the few strengths on the Jaguars’ roster. DJ Chark Jr., Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole, and even Collin Johnson were able to make some big plays in spite of the team’s inconsistency at quarterback. The team moved on from Cole this offseason but brought in Marvin Jones Jr., who has been a reliable target over his nine-year career.

The Jaguars’ running game was in similar conditions in 2020. They had James Robinson, who had the most scrimmage years by an undrafted rookie in NFL history and was a candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, but not much else. The Illinois State standout ran hard but his effort was overshadowed by the offense’s inability to move the ball and complete drives.

To help Robinson, this Jacksonville team brought help this offseason. First, they signed veteran Carlos Hyde in free agency, but more importantly, they used the 25th overall pick to select Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who should take some of Robinson’s workload and give the Jags a dual-threat in the passing game.

Moreover, the team’s brass used their last pick in the draft to take Georgia Tech product Jalen Camp. The Jaguars were already loaded at wide receiver and Camp won’t have a featured role but he rounds out a talented group.

Although the Jags have an upper echelon wide receiver or a top 3 running back, they have a talented core of skill-position players and a young quarterback that can take advantage of all those weapons. Speaking of…