No. 5 player the Jaguars could’ve drafted 20th in 2020 – Justin Jefferson
To be fair, nobody imagined Justin Jefferson was going to turn out to be the playmaker he is. Also, the Jaguars did take a wide receiver, Laviska Shenault Jr. They knew they needed to address the position but looking back, they could have done a better job.
Viska has shown flashes and is great at forcing missed tackles but he’s not still a work in progress. Meanwhile, Jefferson set a rookie record for receiving yards with 1,400 in 2020. Keep in mind that the Jags could have drafted both. First Jefferson at 20th and Shenault at 42nd.
On the other hand, receiver didn’t look like a pressing need for the Jags last year. After all, DJ Chark Jr. was coming off a Pro Bowl campaign and Keelan Cole was still on the roster. To make matters worse, there were several receivers worthy of consideration with the 20th overall pick. Brandon Aiyuk is steadily improving, Michael Pittman has become the primary option in the passing game for the Indianapolis Colts, and Tee Higgins is a solid number two for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Chark is out for the year with a fractured ankle and Cole is currently playing for the New York Jets. Drafting Jefferson would have been a case of planning for the future. The Jags wouldn’t have needed to sign Marvin Jones Jr. and Trevor Lawrence would have been a number one receiver to throw the ball to. Also, Jefferson would have lessened the impact of Chark’s injury.