Dane Brugler has recently blessed us with another 7-round mock draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ picks are practical, upgrade the roster immediately, and set us up to replace the players we’ll inevitably lose in 2019.
Let’s get to Brugler’s picks.
Round 1: OT Connor Williams, Texas
The right tackle position on the Jaguars is probably the only one other than right guard that the team needs to address in the NFL Draft. Jermey Parnell is nearing the end of his career and he can be cut in 2019 with zero dead cap consequences. With the top five quarterbacks taken in the top 12 picks and Mason Rudolph the only one left, I can respect a versatile, talented tackle at the end of the first round.
Round 2: TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
Let’s f*cking go!
Gesicki is seen by some analysts as a fringe first round talent but if there’s a run on quarterbacks and defensive backs early (as Brugler predicts) then getting Gesicki at the end of the second round is a real gift.
Round 3: CB Duke Dawson, Florida
Again, if a guy like Dawson is available at the end of the third round then you get him. Slot cornerback is lowkey a big gap now that Aaron Colvin is gone and I’m not convinced D.J. Hayden is the answer.
Round 4: LB Christian Sam, Arizona State
I am officially hot and/or bothered. Sam is being talked about as a Day 2 pick and he’s strong in coverage.
Round 6: DT Justin Jones, NC State
I could see the Jaguars going after a defensive tackle earlier than this. It’s a definite need on the defense (one of just a few).
Round 7: WR Keith Kirkwood, Temple
The Jaguars are showing him some love with a reported Top-30 visit earlier last week. If he lasts until the end of the seventh round, go for it.
Round 7: RB Ryan Green, Florida State