3. The Jaguars feel good about the receivers they signed in free agency.
One of the moves that earned the Jaguars the most attention in the selection meeting was the one they didn’t make: They didn’t allocate a single pick to their wide receiver room nor their tight end group but that was by design.
See, they pay a premium for wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. Moreover, they gave tight end Evan Engram a one-year, prove-it deal. It’s too early to tell whether the moves will pay off or not but it looks like the team’s brass didn’t feel the need to keep investing resources in weapons for Trevor Lawrence after already revamping their offense in free agency. The front office did sign Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin as an undrafted free agent but it didn’t require a robust financial commitment.
To a lesser extent, this applies to the offensive line as well. The Jags signed left tackle Cam Robinson to a three-year, $54 million deal just before the draft and gave right guard Brandon Scherff worth $49.5 million for the same length. Thus, taking Alabama’s Evan Neal or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu didn’t seem like realistic possibilities with the top pick.
The Jaguars could have easily drafted someone like Georgia’s George Pickens or Purdue’s David Bell but it looks like they’re comfortable with their current group of wide receivers, so taking another one was unnecessary.