The Jaguars did not have the season they planned for after drafting Sunshine aka Trevor Lawrence and hiring Urban Meyer. For the eleventh time in twelve years the Jags will be picking in the top ten, so something has to change.
Here is a full three day profile of how the Jaguars “perfect” draft should go:
Round 1, Pick 1: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
This can be a boom or bust pick on day one but doesn’t have a lot of downside. Davis isn’t the “quintessential” first overall pick but he fits a massive need for the Jaguars.
They lost Taven Bryan in free agency and Calais Campbell was a force for them before his departure. Jacksonville could capture some of that “Campbell Magic” again with the monster that is Jordan Davis.
Round 2, Pick 1: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
Round 3, Pick 1: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Bama
Round 3, Pick 6: Alontae Taylor, DB, Tennessee
Day two of the draft features some needs and depth being addressed.
Daniel Faalele is a massive mover of men who has versatility playing guard but is a natural right tackle. He will slot in day one as a starter to protect Lawrence.
To’o To’o and Taylor both give depth and competition on defense. To’oTo’o is a solid linebacker who will fill in for the loss of Myles Jack. He plays fast and gives the defense a lot of versatility at the position.
Taylor can play either corner or safety but slots in as a natural free safety. He plays with instinct and creates turnovers by just being in position. He is a major upgrade to the Jacksonville safety unit and great value in the third round of a deep draft.
Round 4, Pick 1: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
Round 5, Pick 14: Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
Round 6, Pick 1: Ali Gaye, DE, LSU
Round 6, Pick 9: Jaylen Reed, WR, Michigan State
Round 6, Pick 18: Tyler Badie, RB, Mizzou
Round 6, Pick 19: Ben Brown, OL, Ole Miss
Round 7, Pick 1: Baer Hunter, OL, App State
Round 7, Pick 14: Jeremiah Gemmel, LB, North Carolina
Day three is highlighted by the picks of Likely, Banks and Reed who will all be early contributors to the Jaguars franchise.
Likely, a uber-athletic undersized tight end, will open up the seams with his speed and route running. This will allow players like Kristian Kirk and Laviska Shenault to flourish. Reed comes in a polished route runner who will be a perfect slot/deep threat behind the two star receivers.
Sevyn Banks is a solid corner who can fill in at the slot or play outside. He has good speed and a knack for causing turnovers but he will be a special teams contributor early.
The Jaguars also target two interior offensive linemen who both play guard and center in Brown and Hunter. Gemmel and Gaye can be rotational players early but may find themselves starting before the end of the season if depth becomes a problem. Badie is the steal here as he has starting potential but can be a solid RB2 on a team that needs a multifaceted third down back.