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Dane Brugler 3-round mock draft has Jaguars looking to the future

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The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have a lot of holes at the top of their roster. The starters, for the most part, are pretty well-settled into the depth chart and there won’t be a lot of shuffling in training camp. That’s why this year’s 2018 NFL Draft could very well be about replacing future players — we all think a tight end or starting wide receiver could be the pick, but what if this year is about looking towards next offseason and fixing problems before they even begin?’s Dane Brugler has put out his 3-round mock draft. In it he has the Jaguars replacing right tackle Jermey Parnell a year early in the first round.

Round 1, Pick 29: OT Connor Williams, Texas

29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Connor Williams, OT, Texas

With Jermey Parnell entering his age 32 season (and coming off a knee injury), the Jaguars might look for his eventual replacement. Williams offers immediate depth at all five offensive line positions.

Williams is a versatile lineman and if there’s one thing Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone can’t get enough of, it’s swing linemen. We saw what the Jaguars did with an offensive line that performed better than expectations last year, leading the league in rushing yards and protecting Blake Bortles to the point that he was able to string together some very impressive games.

If Williams is there and he’s the pick, I’m not too surprised.

Round 2, Pick 61: LB Malik Jefferson, Texas

61. Jacksonville Jaguars — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

With Paul Posluszny’s retirement, Jefferson would be a worthy candidate to fill in at the MIKE linebacker spot.

Of Brugler’s three picks for the Jaguars, this is the most confusing. Myles Jack is the MIKE linebacker of the future. He did well last year. He played in nearly 98 percent of defensive snaps. He’s not coming off the field for Malik Jefferson.

Round 3, Pick 93: CB M.J. Stewart, North Carolina

Back on track — with Aaron Colvin’s departure and newly signed D.J. Hayden an unknown, getting some depth at cornerback is going to be low-key important.