The Jaguars are perhaps one of the most unpredictable teams this season in the 2020 NFL Draft. While there are a few clear targets the team could select, due to the amount of questions surrounding the team’s talent at key positions there us not one sure-fire player to tab with the ninth overall pick.
Vegas oddsmakers have tabbed the Jaguars as having 9:1 odds on landing talented quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with their first round pick. Ahead of the Jaguars are the Carolina Panthers (7:1), Cincinnati Bengals (7:1), and the Los Angeles Chargers (5:2). The two front-runners, according to the Caesars Sportsbook, include the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions at -110.
While the Jaguars appear fine with entering the 2020 offseason — and possibly beyond — with Gardner Minshew II, and perhaps veteran quarterback Nick Foles, questions remain regarding the future at the position. If the Jaguars were to be in a position to select Tagovailoa not many would fault them due to the quarterback’s pedigree and past performances at Alabama.
In his career at Alabama Tagovailoa played in 32 games over three years, completed 474 out of 684 passes for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Tagovailoa added two National Championship Game appearances during the 2017 and 2018 seasons including a victory in 2017 where he led the Crimson Tide after taking over for former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.
From the Jaguars perspective, the temptation to select one of the best quarterback prospects since Andrew Luck in 2012 would be intriguing. However, the risk-factor involved considering his extended injury history, including a 2019 hip injury that has sidelined the quarterback from all football activity since November, would be massive. Selecting a quarterback with one of the first 10 picks of the NFL Draft that is not slated to workout for teams until April is of great concern.
Simply put, the chances the Jaguars have an opportunity to select Tagovailoa are slim. There are too many teams with concerns at the quarterback position ahead of Jacksonville at the moment with a number of teams likely battling to trade up for the former Alabama quarterback if he were to fall.