With the conference title games this weekend, the Jacksonville Jaguars are one of 28 teams in full blown offseason mode. The defense is still stout — if not as productive as it was at this point last year — and Mel Kiper, Jr.’s first mock draft of the offseason says as much. There’s not even a hint that the team will be leaning defense at No. 7 overall and Kiper wonders if the team can pass on a quarterback at the top of the first round.
His answer: Yes.
With Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins off the board, Kiper believes the Jaguars to look towards their offensive line at the top of the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
Can the Jaguars pass on a quarterback in this draft? Here’s why I’m going in a different direction: Despite the struggles in 2018, this roster is built to win now. Jacksonville has talent and is just a year removed from playing in the AFC title game. That’s why I think Tom Coughlin & Co. will already have made their quarterback decision by April’s draft, going with one of the free-agent options who is more likely to help the Jags win in 2019. Instead, let’s upgrade a porous offensive line with Ford, a mauler who would slot in at guard or right tackle.
Haskins off the board and the choice between Kyler Murray and an offensive lineman is the situation I think is most likely and it’s also the most concerning. I cannot, for the life of me, see Coughlin picking a quarterback that is only 5’ 10” despite how talented and athletically gifted he may be.
Unless the Jaguars trade up, I can see Kiper being right on the nose with this one — selecting an offensive lineman in the first round and a guy like Will Grier in the second.
What do you think? Do you think Haskins slips to No. 7 overall? Could the Jaguars pick Murray? Let us know in the comments below!