The Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback. We saw last week that the defense and special teams have enough to win even with a below-average guy like Cody Kessler. Imagine what could happen with an average quarterback or — dare I say?! — an above average quarterback?
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller just posted his latest 2019 mock draft and he thinks the Jaguars pick Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the projected ninth overall pick.
The Pick: QB Daniel Jones, Duke
The last time Tom Coughlin selected a quarterback who had played for David Cutcliffe, he won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.
Daniel Jones comes from the same mentor Eli Manning had—although this time Cutcliffe is the head coach at Duke and not coaching at Ole Miss. Jones is pro-ready with good size (6’5”, 220 lbs) and an upgrade in athleticism from what the younger Manning had in college that will allow him to excel in a modern NFL offense.
The Jaguars must sell out in this offseason for a quarterback. That might mean signing Teddy Bridgewater in a weak class of free agents, attempting to trade for a Manning or Derek Carr, or pulling the trigger on a Round 1 quarterback. With a top-10 selection and Justin Herbert off the board, this is the only pick that makes sense.
Jones reads the field extremely well (props to Zach Goodall of Locked On Jaguars for his write up of Jones). I think he’ll be available in the second round, but I wouldn’t fault the team for going to get their guy right away.
What do you think? Would you want to see the Jaguars picking Jones that high? Or should they get a tight end or wide receiver at the top of the first round and hope a guy falls to them?
What grade would you give the Jaguars for picking Daniel Jones at the top of the first round?
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