Jaguars Draft: This tight end would be the perfect first-round pick

Vincent Parise
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of options with the 24th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. There are some really good players that will be available for them to select there that can help the franchise take a step forward.

One thing that is going to be a key for them this off-season is helping Trevor Lawrence take another step as a quarterback. It is already pretty certain that he is a top-ten guy but there are people that think even higher of him.

The evolution of the tight end position in the league makes that feel like something important for Lawrence to always have. In 2022-23, Evan Engram was an incredibly important piece of the offense that helped the young quarterback take big steps.

Unfortunately, Engram is a free agent and could potentially be on the move again. If that happens, the Jaguars should make replacing him one of their top priorities heading into the off-season. Obviously, that is easier said than done.

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to be really smart with their first-round pick.

Even if Engram comes back, they should consider using the 24th overall pick on a tight end. If Engram is there, the new kid can learn from him. If he’s not, the new kid can take over and learn on the fly. Obviously, that would be a big decision either way.

There is one tight end that sticks out as the perfect pick for the Jags at 24. That would be Michael Mayer out of the University of Notre Dame. He has been a great college tight end and will certainly be selected in the final third of the first round.

Mayer is leaving Notre Dame as one of the greatest tight ends in the history of the program.  They seem to be pumping them out a lot lately and he might be the best of them all. Whatever team lands him will be better for it. The Jags could be that team.

Notre Dame’s offense largely depended on tight end play and Mayer was a focal point. He had 9 touchdowns with 67 catches and 809 yards in 2022-23.

He is the all-time Notre Dame leader in (both career and single season) catches, touchdowns, and yards. He was truly an impressive player in college.

With the way the Jaguars like to take advantage of this position, they might want to consider Mayer. He’d be a great fit and would really be a special player with Trevor Lawrence leading the way.

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