Mid-round QB prospects Jaguars could consider in the 2022 NFL Draft
Despite having Trevor Lawrence, the Jacksonville Jaguars should still draft a quarterback in April.
While an announcement regarding the Jaguars’ head coaching job hasn’t been made, many things transcend regime changes. One of those things is having stability at the quarterback position. While this year’s draft class is nothing to write home about, there are some intriguing possibilities, especially in the third round and beyond.
Last year, Jacksonville drafted Lawrence first overall, effectively making him the quarterback of the future, a savior if you will. Prior to Lawrence, the Jaguars had Gardner Minshew, who had performed admirably, earning the fans’ admiration with his eccentric personality. To his credit, Minshew has thrown for 37 touchdowns in his career.
It could be argued that Urban Meyer, who was hired last offseason, made a critical mistake by getting rid of Minshew right before the season began. Even more so, when you consider Lawrence was going to be a rookie starter. Quarterback depth is often overlooked by many. Some feel that if you have a good starter, it doesn’t make much sense to invest draft capital in the position.
Well, Meyer is long gone, and whoever comes in will evaluate the quarterback’s room. Having a duo of Lawrence and Minshew would’ve sounded good to whoever replaces Meyer, especially if it’s Byron Leftwich, an excellent quarterback’s coach and offensive coordinator in his own right.
A part of the battle plan for this draft should include picking up a signal-caller that can compete back up Lawrence for years to come. A push from another quarterback won’t hurt anyone. A third-round quarterback winning the job over Lawrence is unlikely but that doesn’t mean the front office shouldn’t add another quarterback in this year’s selection meeting.