The 2018 NFL Draft is about two weeks away, and our Jacksonville Jaguars begin the draft journey with the 29th overall pick. Just like every team in the NFL the Jags have a few positions of need to address. With players such as Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns leaving the Jaguars are looking for a true WR1. The Jags upgraded their already talented offensive line with FA pick up OG Andrew Norwell. The team still needs to address depth on the right side of the line, more importantly a future replacement for OT Jeremy Parnell. The retirement of Paul Posluszny brings the team to address the need at linebacker as well. The team also picked up a replacement for Aaron Colvin in FA, however journeyman Dj Hayden might not be the consistent player the Jags need. With that being said CB will be a position of need as well. During the later rounds of the draft the team should also address QB depth, Blake Bortles is our guy and trading for former Browns QB Cody Kessler was a necessity after letting backup QB Chad Henne walk. However grabbing a QB in the 6-7 round would be great to groom.
Round 1 , 29th overall pick: DJ Moore ,WR, Maryland
Moore shows great hands, and great footwork. Most importantly Moore excels at his run after catch ability. If the Jags go with Moore for the 29th pick he’ll be viewed as their best wide receiver on the roster.
Player Comparison: Jarvis Landry
Round 2 , 61st overall pick: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Yes the team did pick up a TE in FA, however adding Andrews along side Austin Seferian-Jenkins would be lethal in the Jags passing game. Andrews shows great hands, crisp route running, and has the ability to be a legitimate red zone target. Bortles needs more targets to throw to, Andrews would be a great pickup.
Player Comparison: Hunter Henry
Round 3 , 93rd overall pick : Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
In the wake of Paul Posluszny retirement the team needs to address the linebacker depth. Baker fits the mold of the defense, even though he doesn’t have the prototypical type as a LB, Baker shows great speed and tackling ability for his size.
Player Comparison: Darron Lee
Round 4, 129th overall pick: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
The Jags lost nickel corner Aaron Colvin, however picking up Duke Dawson will make fans forget all about that. Dawson shows a lot of great things in a corner. Dawson can tackle in space, play man or zone coverage, shows great technique/footwork, and has great playmaking ability.
Player Comparison: Brian Poole
Round 6, 203rd overall pick: Tony Adams, G, NC ST
The Jags need to address depth at offensive line and Adams will be a good pick. A former three-year starter at Nc State, Adams had a successful career on a already talented offensive line. Adams shows great quickness, and has a consistent motor of always finding blockers.
Player Comparison: Josh Sitton
Round 7, 230th overall pick: Javon Wims, WR, Georgia
If this prospect is still on the board the Jags have to be one of the luckiest teams when it comes to the draft. Wims is one of the steals in this years draft. Wims shows great athleticism, great hands, and has the ability to make ever tough catch.
Player Comparison: Devin Funchess
Round 7, 247th overall pick: JT Barrett, QB, Ohio St
The Jags need a legitimate backup for Bortles. They might’ve found one in Kessler, however Barrett is a safe pick. Barrett is a talented QB that shows great leadership, and work ethic. Barrett was once viewed as a highly touted QB heading into the draft this past season, but with injuries and inconsistent play Barrett will drop in this years draft.
Player Comparison: Tyrod Taylor