Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in prime position to land loads of talent.
Last night, the Jaguars drafted CB CJ Henderson with the ninth overall pick and EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson with the 20th overall pick. Because of this defense heavy first round, I suspect that the Jaguars will lean more towards the offensive side of the ball to get QB Gardner Minshew some explosiveness at the skill position.
Round 2, Pick 42: WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
If Pittman Jr. falls to Jacksonville at 42, there should be no hesitation to pick up the big wideout from USC. Despite GM Dave Caldwell and Head Coach Doug Marrone’s insistence on the current talent at the WR position, there is a need for another outside receiver to complement Pro Bowl wideout DJ Chark Jr. Pittman Jr. brings it all to the outside receiver position. He’s a big (6’4, 219 pounds), long wideout who can win on contested catches over the middle and outside the hashes. He’s also a great blocker at the position, a plus in the West Coast offense Jay Gruden runs. If Pittman Jr. is on the board here, the Jaguars should make the pick with no hesitation.
Other options: S Antione Winfield Jr, OT Josh Jones, DT Neville Gallimore, WR Tee Higgins, RB Cam Akers
Round 3, Pick 73: RB Cam Akers, Florida State
I mentioned at the bottom of the last section that Cam Akers could be in play at pick 42. If there is an early run on running backs as many NFL Draft analysts have predicted, don’t be surprised if the Jaguars take Akers with the 42nd pick. However, the Jags stay back, and are able to get their guy with great value in the third round. Akers met with the Jaguars at the NFL Combine in February, and with Leonard Fournette seemingly on the trade block, Akers has all of the ability to be a lead back in an offense. If Fournette stays, however, Akers offers a great change of pace from the tough, downhill running of Fournette. Despite playing behind a poor offensive line at Florida State, Akers had 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns his final year in college. He has a powerful lower body and can finish through contact, but his best trait is his feet. He can make quick cuts and can elude defenders without losing momentum. In the zone run scheme the Jaguars are now using, it’s important to make quick cuts and get up the field. Akers does that and more.
Other options: RB Zach Moss, RB Antonio Gibson, WR Bryan Edwards, DT Davon Hamilton, S Kyle Dugger, OT Lucas Niang