No. 2 player the Jaguars hope falls to the 2nd round – Trevor Penning.
Before free agency, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal was seen as the favorite to go first overall. However, it all changed when the Jags chose to apply the franchise tag on Cam Robinson, making left tackle a low priority in the draft.
While there’s a slim chance the Jags will take Neal or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu at No. 1, they will probably go with Aidan Hutchinson. Both Neal and Ekwonu will most likely be top 10 picks. Charlie Cross should also get his name called early in the first round but what about Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning? The former Panther isn’t rated as highly as other tackles in this year’s draft but he has the tools to be a Day 1 starter.
In his latest mock draft, Chris Trapasso of CBS sees the New Orleans Saints taking Penning at No. 16 and the pick makes sense when you take into account that Terron Armstead, a long-time fixture of their offensive line, signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. However, there aren’t many teams in need of a left tackle in the second half of the first round besides the Saints and possibly the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensive tackle may be somewhat of an unnecessary luxury due to the presence of Robinson, Walker Little, and Jawaan Taylor but if the Jaguars are serious about taking the best players available and not drafting for need, why should they pass on Penning if he’s available?