The Jacksonville Jaguars need to walk away from this year’s NFL Draft with at least one player from Georgia’s defensive line.
The Jaguars’ defense, under new coordinator Mike Caldwell, will be looking to get to the quarterback, and to do that, the pass rush must improve. There’s a nice core that’s been assembled over the past few years, with Pro Bowl defender Josh Allen at the center of it. The team also boasts a promising defensive line consisting of Dawuane Smoot, Folorunso Fatukasi, Roy Robertson-Harris, and Malcom Brown. This unit will be coached by Brentson Buckner, one of the league’s best defensive line coaches.
While all of this should excite Duval, the team must continue to add talent to their defensive line. It is where everything begins and ends for the defense, so why not pluck one of Georgia’s premier prospects that will be available in Las Vegas? The college football national champions featured one of the most formidable units in the country last season, with essentially most of their contributors declaring for the NFL.
The Jaguars possess the first and 33rd overall selections, barring a trade. That allows them the opportunity to pick up at least one of the three heralded prospects, especially if the team trades down come Thursday.
The Jaguars acquiring Jordan Davis will take some finessing
- Jordan Davis, DT, 6’6″, 341 lbs.
- 11.5 career tackles for a loss
- 7 career sacks
- 2021 Consensus All-American
Jordan Davis made the most of his NFL Combine outing and impressed throughout the event. His 40-yard dash time of 4.78 was the talk of the town all weekend, and rightfully so. A behemoth, such as Davis, running at that speed was awe-inspiring and helped him go from a late first-round or early second-round choice all the way up to the top 15 across several draft boards.
While adding an imposing run stopper that will shut down the middle for any opposing offense would be optimal, being a mid-first rounder will put him out of reach for Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke. Unless Baalke can move down, which right now appears doubtful and will surely keep the first pick (more on that later), Jordan is the least likely of Georgia’s defensive line to join Jacksonville.
Luckily for Baalke, there are still two realistic options he has in a couple of days.