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2019 NFL Draft rumors: 14 bold predictions for who the Jaguars will draft in the first round

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have an abundance of options at the top of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Will they pick an offensive lineman with the No. 7 overall pick? What about a game changing tight end? A (*gulp*) quarterback?

We’re less than 12 hours away from the NFL Draft kicking off and we have two questions for you:

“Who should the Jaguars draft in the first round?”

Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)

The top of half the 2019 NFL Draft is loaded with defensive line talent and the Jaguars should pluck one of those players if they fall in their lap. The defense is going to be what gets the team wins more often than not in 2019 and they could use added rotational depth with an eye to the future as a starter.

The pick: Ed Oliver

Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)

Without knowing who will be there, I’ll say that this Jaguars team is going to be carried once again by its defense. Why not make it even better? Nick Foles isn’t great, but he’s an upgrade over Blake Bortles. Now go get the best defensive lineman available. If Ed Oliver is still there (and I think he will be) he should be the pick.

The pick: Ed Oliver

Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)

I think the Jags find a dance partner for the first time since 2007, and indeed trade down into the 11 to 15 area. They take the Clemson defensive lineman, who has been lost in the shuffle of Jonah Williams and Ed Oliver, but is a premium player himself.

The pick: Ed Oliver

Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)

I know this is a top-heavy defensive draft, and I understand that a rotational pass-rusher is important, but drafting a backup player is a luxury the Jaguars cannot afford. Outside of maybe the two safety positions, there are no question marks on the Jaguars defense. On the offensive side of the ball, there are holes at tight end, offensive tackle and wide receiver. Say what you want about drafting tight ends too early, but I think T.J. Hockenson should be the pick. He is the most pro-ready tight end in this year’s class and has Pro Bowl level potential. Why not get Nick Foles a legitimate weapon, while also helping Leonard Fournette in the run game?

The pick: T.J. Hockenson

Brian Fullford (@iambwf)

By paying Nick Foles to replace Blake Bortles, this team has committed to focusing more on the passing game. As such, Foles must have weapons to be successful. T. J. Hockenson not only gives Foles a target in the passing game, but he is also valuable as a blocking TE. He is a value pick at seven? No, but if the Jaguars can’t move down then I would like them to enhance the team’s lack of playmaker within the receiving corps. For some time I’ve been a fan of either Hockenson or Houston’s Ed Oliver, and at this point I would be fine with either one of them, but I have leaned back to T.J.

The pick: T.J. Hockenson

Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)

Realistically, Jonah Williams is probably my favorite pick if they stay put at 7, but wouldn’t be distraught if they took T.J. Hockenson. Williams has been described as “special” by former Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key, who has a close relationship with Doug Marrone from their time playing together at Georgia Tech. Williams implored his parents to build a gym in their Atlanta home at the age of 12 so he can get big and strong and play like his childhood idol, Joe Thomas, who also had shorter arms than the ideal preference and still ended up pretty okay. Former Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander has worked with Williams this offseason and has tabbed Williams as the most mature, psych ready player he’s met since Andrew Whitworth and called him a “foundation piece” for an offense. Williams was a Freshman All-American at right tackle playing opposite… you guessed it, Cam Robinson. With the enormous emphasis the Jaguars front office has placed on durability and injecting the locker room with “culture changers,” Williams is the ideal fit and gives them a scenario where he can also move inside in the future if Will Richardson develops into the guy they thought they drafted at right tackle.

The pick: Jonah Williams

Jimmy Siettmann (@J_Siettmann)

If all goes right, I want the Jaguars to pick Ed Oliver if he is available. In my opinion, he is one of the few players in this draft who possesses elite talent. He was in the spotlight for a long time at Houston, and his game was picked apart because of it. That, plus him playing out of position in his junior year have made people question his game. Oliver can flat out play though, and I think he will be a difference maker from day one.

The pick: Ed Oliver

“Who will the Jaguars draft in the first round?”

Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)

It will probably be the boring pick and be an offensive tackle. I don’t think it will be Jawaan Taylor however, as it feels like that is the player the team has wanted everyone to think they will be picking. I also think they’ll move away from being run heavy.

The pick: Jonah Williams

Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)

It’s an offensive tackle. The right tackle position needs improvement and Will Richardson is a big gamble. I think it’s Alabama’s Jonah Williams.

The pick: Jonah Williams

Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)

I think the Jags find a dance partner for the first time since 2007, and indeed trade down into the 11-15 area. They take the Clemson defensive lineman, who has been lost in the shuffle of Williams/Oliver, but is a premium player himself.

The pick: Christian Wilkins

Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)

While I think Jacksonville needs to covet an offensive player, I am sure they will go defensive line because Jaguars. I’d of course be happy with one of the premier defensive linemen, but most of those guys will be gone already. However, if Ed Oliver is still there, I think the Jaguars would have a hard time passing on him (or they will trade back as somebody will want Oliver here). While Taven Bryan, Abry Jones and Marcell Dareus are all on the roster, Oliver can fill the three-technique void left by Malik Jackson and the Jaguars will have a strong rotation.

The pick: Ed Oliver

Brian Fullford (@iambwf)

I do not like taking an OT at seven. The drop off in round one talent is not that steep, and I see value at the top of the second round. My feeling is the Jaguars will successfully trade back, but that is not an answer allowed by the question. I would not be shocked if they took at OT, and if so I would expect it to be Alabama’s Jonah Williams over Florida’s Jawaan Taylor. That said, I actually see them going defense. If Ed Oliver is on the board, and they cannot trade back, adding him to the depth, and eventually a replacement to the aging parts on the defensive line, he is the pick. While I don’t expect him to be available at seven, if LSU’s Devin White is still on the board that may give them pause, and if selected might give insight into how they feel about Telvin Smith.

The pick: Jonah Williams

Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)

I think the Jaguars will *gasp* trade down this year. Moving down to 14-15 still gives them a slew of solid prospects like Noah Fant, Brian Burns, Christian Wilkins, Andre Dillard and likely give them an extra second and third rounder to continue to compile weapons for Nick Foles or use as trade ammunition to move back up into round one. If they can’t find a suitable dance partner and are forced to make the pick, I expect it to be Williams.

The pick: Jonah Williams

Jimmy Siettmann (@J_Siettmann)

I think the Jaguars will select Jonah Williams with the 7th overall pick. Their need for a right tackle, and Coughlin’s in the trenches approach will lead them to taking Williams on draft night.

The pick: Jonah Williams

What do you think? Got any predictions? Who should the Jaguars take and who