Jaguars address key needs on offense in early 3-round mock draft

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Fighting Irish running back Kyren Williams (23) and Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Jermaine Waller (2). Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Jaguars first 3rd-round pick – CB Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech

The Jaguars’ first pick in Round 3 will be their own based on their current record. As it stands, it will likely be the 68th overall selection and the one they got from the Panthers will be in the mid-70s.

At this point of the draft, the Jags need to look for players with the potential to become starters in one or two seasons and cornerback Jermaine Waller of Virginia Tech would be the perfect pick. The Washington D.C. native allowed an incredible 31.4 completion rate in 2019 but dealt with injuries the following year and was limited to two games. He bounced back this season and has posted four interceptions and three passes defensed.

At 6-1 and 180 pounds, Waller could either play outside or in the slot. His injury history could make him slide in the draft and might be worth a pick in the third round.

Jaguars second 3rd-round pick – LB Zakoby McClain, Auburn

The Jaguars could start replenishing their linebacker corps in 2022. Despite the fact that Zakoby McClain of Auburn doesn’t have the prototypical size of an NFL linebacker, he can play against the run or drop back in coverage.

Last season, McClain led the nation in total tackles with 113. He’s logged 87, two sacks, and four passes defensed in 2021. The Jaguars’ coaching staff could groom the Auburn standout behind Myles Jack and Damien Wilson.

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