3. The Jaguars won’t draft a wide receiver in the first two rounds.
The Jaguars’ wide receiver corps is in good shape ahead of the draft. They signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency and also brought back Laquon Treadwell, one of their top targets at the end of the 2021 season. The Jags won’t be hurting for depth and there are other positions that will probably be a bigger priority on draft night.
Whether it’s Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Travon Walker, the Jaguars will most likely take a pass rusher at No. 1. They could then select a linebacker or an interior offensive line in the second round. After No. 33, Jacksonville is on the clock again at No. 65 and 70. At that point, wide receiver becomes a realistic possibility but so does the position they don’t address in the second round. If they want to take a center, Dylan Parham might still be available in the third round.
Tyler Shatley is the incumbent starter at center. But the Jaguars need to add depth at the position and add someone that can either compete with Shatley in training camp or sit behind him in 2022. Similarly, the team’s brass needs to draft someone to play next to newly signed linebacker Foyesade Oluokun. Shaquille Quarterman and Chappell Russell are the top candidates to join the starting lineup but the Jags need to bolster their linebacker corps in the draft. Doing it in the second or third round seems like a reasonable thing to do.
The Jaguars will still draft a wide receiver but it will be in the third round or later.