It’s time to talk draft Jacksonville Jaguars fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 10, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
In the midst of a 5-11 season, Executive Vice-President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin is reported to have told then-Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, “This is an abomination.” Hard to argue, afterall, the Jags were in the AFC Championship game only the year before. But as the team struggled in 2018, QB Blake Bortles struggled; struggled to the point of being benched. At times, the defensive zone schemes they opted to run looked porous and ineffective. It will be interesting to see if they choose to make “overhaul” changes in 2019.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Pick
- Running Back
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Offensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Tight End
The Jags have plenty of options with the seventh overall pick. It will depend on how the draft board shakes out to know exactly which top 10 players will still be available to them. Expect them to go defense with their first pick. However, they could possibly grab OT Jawaan Taylor or WR D.K. Metcalf if they thought he was worth that high of a pick. They could trade down and get some extra picks. Not a bad option. Or they could invest in one of the three QB’s in the upper tier of this draft. They’ll also be looking to upgrade their offensive line.
On defense, they could use help with their pass rush. (Again, that’s going to be true of just about every team in the league.) If they opt not to take a quarterback, look for them to target players like DE Montez Sweat, DL Rashan Gary, or CB Greedy Williams. They should also be looking to pick up some help at linebacker and while adding a quality safety.
Prospects to watch
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
One of Lock’s most desirable gifts is his arm strength. He can make all the throw, getting excellent velocity on the ball. Lock has thrown for over 12k yards and 99 touchdowns in his Tigers’ career. Lock has that intangible field-general presence that can be more important than talent. He’s not a runner, but can extend plays with his feet.
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Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama
Wilson fits with the new breed of swift, super-athletic, linebacker. He’s an aggressive sideline-to-sideline player. He’s a run-stopper who can fill the hole; he’s got the speed to blitz and disrupt the backfield, yet has enough quickness to cover a running back or a tight end.
Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
Deiter is one of the most versatile linemen in this year’s draft class. He played tackle, guard, and even some center in his Badger career. In those varied positions, he has started 41 games. In 2018, he was named Coaches second team All-American at left guard.
Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall
Tall, lanky, and explosive would be a few words to describe the first team CUSA wide receiver. Brady started his college career at Miami, sat out 2016, and then played two seasons for the Thundering Hurd before declaring for the draft. In his career, he averaged 14.5 ypc with 18 touchdowns. He’s a little raw, but has plenty of upside.
Players to Watch: OT Kaleb McGary, Washington; OT Aaron Monteiro, Boston College; OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida; and RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State.
General Manager: David Caldwell | Head Coach: Doug Marrone | Offensive Coordinator: John DeFilippo | Defensive Coordinator: Todd Wash
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Taven Bryan DT | R2 D.J. Chark WR
2017: R1 Leonard Fournette RB | R2 Cam Robinson OT
2016: R1 Jalen Ramsey DB | R2 Myles Jack OLB
R1 Dante Fowler OLB | R2 T.J. Yeldon RB