Potential prospects in play for the Jaguars at pick 33.

Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

There is always guaranteed to be a few guys that are 1st round talents that could very well fall to the 2nd round. It happens every year, and this year the Jaguars are in the perfect position to grab one of those guys, in this piece i will point out a number of prospects that very well could be in play at pick 33.

DT Sylvester Williams- UNC

There are several big name DT's in this draft who are first round locks (Star/Floyd/Richardson) so naturally Sylvester Williams has not been able to solidify his place as a round 1 DT, but from what I've seen he is not far off from those 3 big names.

STRENGTHS-

  • Very quick first step, he has good athleticism for his size (313 LBS)
  • Underrated strength, can push the pile.
  • Strong anchor VS the run, can hold a double team.
  • His swim move is one of the best I've seen, was unblockable in some cases.
WEAKNESSES
  • Needs to show more pass rush moves. Has the strength for an effective bull rush, didn't utilize it.
  • Could over rely on his athleticism, try to run around blockers and took himself out of plays.
  • Had a tendency to play high too often.
  • Motor isn't a concern to me, but his endurance is. Wore down towards end of games.
Overall, I think Williams is a round one talent. He was downright unblockable at times in college, and has proven athleticism and underrated strength. he could be used across the defensive front for Jacksonville,as he is a good enough gap shooter to play 3Tech, but can hold his ground as a 2 gapping 5Tech or NT. He'd be an improvement at DT for Jacksonville, and would help give us a versatile Dline piece, plus an interior pass rush presence that the Jaguars are currently lacking.

DE Corey Lemonier-Auburn

There is a plethora of athletic pass rushers at the top of this years draft, that a guy like Lemonier, who had his struggles often during his senior season, could be pushed down some boards in favor of other prospects when it comes to day 1 on draft day. But that does not mean he is not talented, and I see him as one of the top 6 pass rushers in this years class.

STRENGTHS

  • Has the arm length to easily disengage from blockers when rushing the passer.
  • Great motor, stays with rush with good tenacity throughout entire duration of play.
  • Has a decent get off, but is an effective rusher more due to his agility, several rush moves, and lateral quickness.
WEAKNESSES
  • Flexibility and ability to bend the edge are a big concern.
  • Snap awareness is inconsistent at best,
  • Doesn't have a very good build, not much of an anchor.

From what I saw of Lemonier, he is best when put in space and is able to pin his ears back and rush the passer. He has the size, and speed of a typical LEO but his lack of flexibility is a major concern, as he may be unable to bend the edge. But if the Jaguars do not take a LEO end in the 1st, I expect them to strongly consider Lemonier if he is there at #33 .

OT D.J. Fluker- Alabama

Fluker is known for being a mountain of a man, and a mauler but his pass protection skills leave a lot to be desired. Nonetheless, the Jaguars have a hole at RT, and There is a good chance Fluker falls to the 2nd round due to his ability to only play RT.

STRENGTHS

  • He knows how to use his strength, and combined with his size he is a terrific run blocker. Dominates more times than not.
  • He is a very physical blocker, who has the ability to be able to sustain his blocks.
  • Length, wide base make him tough to move, has a terrific anchor. Better athlete than given credit for.
WEAKNESSES
  • Has heavy feet, and can be beaten frequently by speed rushers.
  • Lacks the ability to redirect himself in pass pro, can be beaten to the inside.
  • Poor job of mirroring pass rushers.
So basically, Fluker is a top notch run blocker, but very questionable in pass pro. I am sure some team will look past that, but I am unsure if he warrants a first round pick, so he very well could be there at #33. If the Jags want to target RT right away, he is a better option than most,



CB-Darius Slay - Mississippi St.

Darius Slay has garnered a lot of attention leading up to the NFL draft, including a terrific performance at the NFL combine. He is a physical specimen at 6'1" with elite speed (4.36 40 time) and is said to be possbily even better than his counterpart Johnathan Banks.

STRENGTHS

  • Is effective in press coverage; A must for the Jaguars scheme.
  • Has good ball skills, shows great instincts.
  • Is able to disrupt opposing WR's routes well, great use of hands. Good attacking style.
  • Is a willing run defender, effectively works across blocks in run support.
WEAKNESSES
  • Sometimes gets caught looking into the backfield, can be fooled by play action,
  • Can be a too overly aggressive at times.
I came away very impressed by Slay, he is a dark horse 1st round talent in my eyes. Slay seems like a perfect fit for what the Jaguars and Gus Bradley want in a Corner. He is big, has good length, tough, and excels in press coverage. With he huge hole at CB on the Jaguars roster, he would be a starter right out of the gate.

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