Jaguars final mock draft: 2nd round, No. 33 pick – Quay Walker, LB.
A few months ago, taking Georgia linebacker Quay Walker might not have been seen as a realistic choice at No. 33 but here we are. Jacksonville did a good job of addressing most needs in free agency but there are still a few positions they need to fortify on draft night and linebacker is one of them.
The Jaguars gave Foyesade Oluokun a three-year deal worth $45 million but they also released veteran Myles Jack, leaving a void to fill. Dylan Moses was seen as a potential candidate to compete for the starting spot next to Oluokun but he was also waived. Shaquille Quarterman and Chapelle Russell are next in line to join the defensive lineup but that would change with the addition of Walker, who has risen up in draft boards over the last few months.
The former Bulldog doesn’t have top-end speed and needs to add mass and strength if he wants to thrive in the pros. However, he can drop in coverage, tackles well, and has superb tracking skills. Last season, he appeared in 13 games and logged 65 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. He could come in and start right off the bat for the Jags.
Fellow Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean could also be available at the beginning of the second round, but the Jaguars might feel inclined to take Walker. Taking an interior offensive lineman would also make sense here but after signing Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency, the position can wait for a few rounds.