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Looking ahead at Jaguars' chances in the 2021 NFL season

The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the best first round drafts in NFL history after finishing 32nd in the 2020 season.

It came as no surprise to see the Florida franchise use the number 1 overall pick on Trevor Lawrence, whom many are expecting a Hall of Fame career from.

The star quarterback never lost a single regular season game in either High School or College, throwing 90 touchdowns to 17 interceptions with the Clemson Tigers. However, he failed to win the College playoffs in his Junior season this past year.

Later in the first round the Jaguars were able to take running back Travis Etienne, a teammate of Lawrence’s in college.

Etienne possesses both power and speed that will make him a threat in the backfield. Doesn’t catch too many passes and needs to improve his protection of the quarterback though, but as far as first round draft picks go this is a huge upgrade.

It’s hard to suggest that these two will turn the Jacksonville Jaguars into Super Bowl champions or even playoff contenders. For those interested in betting on the NFL, they are only third favourites to win the AFC South.

The Indianapolis Colts are narrow favourites and look like they will be the team to beat in the division. An excellent roster and coaching setup last year saw them only narrowly beaten by the Buffalo Bills in January.

Defensive ends were selected with their first two draft picks last month, but the biggest acquisition is at quarterback with Carson Wentz. It will be interesting to see how the former Philadelphia Eagle fairs after Philip Rivers proved to be a disappointment in his sole season.

Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and a returning Marlon Mack give them good options in the backfield, whilst T.Y. Hilton is a reliable receiver. Defensively they are strong too, with Barius Leonard and DeForest Buckner.

It’s hard to see the Tennessee Titans making the playoffs again this year with a tougher schedule. Derrick Henry could have been worn into the ground with the amount of carries he’s had over the past two seasons whilst the losses of Jonnu Smith and Adam Humphries will impact their passing game.

Mike Vrabel’s side had a horrid secondary last season, but things haven’t been made easier by releasing the experienced head of Malcolm Butler, who played a key role in helping the franchise win the South last season.

The Houston Texans are simply a mess currently, still unable to sort out their situation with quarterback DeShaun Watson, whilst JJ Watt has already headed to Arizona.

It’s all change in Jacksonville with legendary college head coach Urban Meyer taking his first shot at the NFL. Tim Tebow has come out of retirement to play tight end for the first time in his career.

However, there haven’t been any significant defensive acquisitions other than drafting cornerback Tyson Campbell out of Georgia at the start of the second round. There were holes all over the field last season and it’s hard to see the new head coach and his staff fixing this in one off-season.

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