The Jacksonville Jaguars have some major assets over the next two drafts. The Jalen Ramsey trade earned Jacksonville a pair of first round picks that will likely fall in the middle of the NFL Draft and that means they have some ammunition to move up if need be.
Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft thinks this year is perfect to use their second round pick to move up from the No. 9 overall pick and upgrade at defensive tackle while still sitting pretty with an additional pick at No. 20 overall.
How are the Jaguars attacking the first round? Let’s find out.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Carolina Panthers): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
With two first round picks, the Jaguars can afford to give up a second or third round pick to move up a few spots and select the player they really want. In this scenario, Kadar believes the No. 42 overall pick is enough to move up to No. 7 overall and snag Derrick Brown.
If Brown doesn’t get selected in the first six picks, the Jaguars would be smart to jump up and not risk losing out on him. Jacksonville had one of the NFL’s worst run defenses last season, and Brown should help improve it. With two-first round picks because of the Jalen Ramsey trade, the Jaguars could get creative.
Brown is an absolute beast and while it’s debatable he’s worth both a first and second round pick, I think he would have a comparable rookie year impact to what we saw with Josh Allen last year.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: (via Los Angeles Rams): Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
A.J. Bouye will be 29 years old when the regular season starts and Tre Herndon is a fine addition to the cornerbacks room, but I don’t know if he can be the outside starter just yet.
Enter Kristian Fulton, who immediately becomes CB2 his rookie season and helps a Jaguars secondary that took a beating at times last year in the deep game.
The Jaguars became a good team a couple seasons ago thanks to a stellar defense. With a second first-round pick in the draft, they can rebuild that side of the ball in a big way. Fulton has good size and speed for the position, and can play in the slot or outside.
While it’s arguable the team should pass on a cornerback in favor of a linebacker or offensive lineman (they only allowed 236.1 yards in the air per game last year) that’s largely because as the season wore on opposing teams could run at will — Jacksonville’s run defense was one of the worst in the league.
What do you think? Would you be happy with this haul in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft for Jacksonville? Let us know in the comments below!