Jaguars fortify trenches early in All-SEC 3-round NFL mock draft

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Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) catches a pass in front of Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Josh Jobe (28). Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Jaguars mock draft: 3rd round, 65th overall – John Metchie III, WR.

Jacksonville can address two glaring deficiencies with their pair of third-round selections, the first of which is wide receiver John Metchie III. While at Alabama, Metchie amassed some impressive stats over the last couple of years. He had 2,058 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, and in 2020, he averaged 16.7 yards per reception, which showed that he could stretch the field.

Metchie is a solid athlete who displayed good body control in college, making highlight reel-worthy catches throughout his career. Coming into the NFL, Metchie will be able to make use of his excellent route-running along with his quick feet, which throws off defenders consistently. Lawrence needs an explosive option at wideout. Metchie will help with that.

Jaguars mock draft: 3rd round, 70th overall – Josh Jobe, CB.

Addressing cornerback is something that Baalke can’t put off, and if he can land Josh Jobe in the third round, he’d be acquiring a potential starting corner out of the gate.

In pass defense, Jobe showcased excellent awareness and busy hands, posting 15 pass deflections over his last two years at Alabama. In fact, he was first overall in the SEC when it came to batted passes, with 11 in 2020.

A lengthy player who’s physically gifted with a solid frame, Jobe has enough strength to manhandle receivers, a trait that will serve him well in the NFL. In addition, he’ll be an asset in run defense as well, a quality that was graded at 64.9 by Pro Football Focus.

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