This past offseason, some view Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. as a potential breakout candidate. It made sense at the time, as the Colorado product has the skillset to play at a high level in the NFL, and has displayed the ability to break tackles at a high rate over the last two years.
However, Shenault hasn’t turned into the bonafide wide receiver the Jags expected. He’s had bright moments. He put his playmaking prowess on display against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, hauling in six receptions for 99 yards. On the other hand, he’s disappeared at times and hasn’t been able to come down with some catches at key moments.
Some of Viska’s struggles can be attributed to the unimaginative play design by the coaching staff but the bottom line is the Jaguars need him to step up. While he still has time to turn the corner, the Jags could have drafted these players with the 42nd overall pick in 2020 instead.
Jaguars’ draft alternative with 42nd overall pick in 2020 – Jeremy Chinn
Safety Jeremy Chinn has gone on to become a mainstay in the Carolina Panthers secondary. The Southern Ilinois product had the second most votes for Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.
Chinn settled at safety this offseason after lining up all over the place in 2020 and has thrived in his new role, posting a solid 67.1 Pro Football Focus overall grade this year. The 64th overall pick in 2020 has made 27 starts and logged 195 total tackles, on interception, three forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns in that span.
The Jaguars struggled at safety last season and Chinn could have solidified the position. Furthermore, they might not have selected Andre Cisco in this year’s draft and addressed another position instead.