Jaguars mock draft – 3rd round, 70th overall pick: Trey McBride.
The Jaguars acquired an extra third-round pick, along with tight end Dan Arnold, when they traded cornerback C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers right after Week 3 of the 2021 season. Arnold went on to become one of the primary targets in Jacksonville’s offense but an MCL injury forced him to miss the last six games.
Arnold will still have an important role in 2022 and Evan Engram, who signed a one-year deal in free agency, will get his fair share of targets. However, both players are set to become free agents next offseason and the Jags need to replenish their tight end room in this year’s draft with their extra third-round selection. That’s why it makes sense to take Trey McBride in the third round. Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce should get consideration if he’s available at No. 70 but McBride should get the nod, especially if the Jags take a wideout in the second round.
The downside of taking McBride is that he might not play right away but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. By the time the Jags are on the clock at No. 70, they will have most likely addressed most of their roster needs. That would allow them to turn their attention to prospects with the potential to become starters. McBride could be one of those players. Last season, the former Ram caught 90 receptions for 1,121 yards with one touchdown. He could work on his pass-blocking skills in his rookie season and join the starting lineup in 2023.