Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 bold trades with the Saints for WR Collin Johnson

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Jacksonville Jaguars trade target No. 1 – DE Marcus Davenport

First of all, how much is Collin Johnson worth in terms of a trade? The Jaguars can ask the Saints for retail compensation since they have a crippling need at wide receiver. While it would be unrealistic to demand a first-round selection or even a second- tough. A pick in Round 4 or even one in Round 3 would be more feasible.

Keep in mind that Johnson is still on his rookie deal. This could make him an enticing trade option. However, it doesn’t make much sense for the Jaguars to hoard draft picks. Instead, there are few Saints players that could give their roster a boost. One of them is defensive end Marcus Davenport. Although he hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing, he could be a nice addition to Jacksonville’s defensive line rotation.

Cameron Jordan is the Saints’ most productive pass rusher but he’s 32 and his best years may be behind him. Thus, Davenport, who is younger, may be a better trade option. The 14th overall pick in 2018’s draft has appeared over in 37 games with 14 starts over the last three years. In that span, he’s logged 74 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Davenport is about to enter the fourth rookie year, so trading for him wouldn’t be cost-prohibitive.

The Jaguars already signed Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson-Harris in free agency. They also drafted Jordan Smith but there’s no such thing as too many pass rushers and Davenport would ensure that all their defensive linemen stay fresh.