The Jacksonville Jaguars are assured of another losing season and likely another top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which means it’s time to turn our attention to the likes of ESPN’s Todd McShay predicting how our two first round picks will be spent next year.
McShay believes Jacksonville will double dip on defense next spring and for good reason — this defense has largely stunk this year. They’ve had good performances here and there, but the second half of the season has shown just how much they miss having a run-stuffing defensive tackle and linebacker who can play at an NFL level.
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Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
Simmons is a perfect fit for today’s NFL and is simply too talented to pass on here. He can pass rush off the edge, and he can drop in coverage. He does it all. The defensive line is stacked, but Simmons would help the second level of the Jags’ front seven as a replacement for Telvin Smith.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
With little value in the way of offensive line here, let’s continue building a top-notch front seven after taking Simmons in the top 10. Davis might not be a high-end pass-rusher, but he is disruptive and a physical freak who comes with versatility. And former first-rounder Taven Bryan hasn’t worked out in the middle. The Jags’ run defense is giving up 140-plus yards on the ground per game (fourth most in the NFL).
I’m just gonna come right out and say it...
I do not want a linebacker with a top-10 pick. I don’t. Derrick Brown is right there at No. 8 overall. Go get him and then shore up your defense with a cornerback. Or get a wide receiver. Or a safety. Or an offensive lineman. Or anyone other than a linebacker.
What do you think? Would you be happy with this haul or would you want to see something different? Let us know in the comments below!