Reviewing Jaguars' NFL 2021 Draft Picks

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in rebuild mode once again as they finished bottom of the NFL standings last season.

In comes legendary college head coach Urban Meyer to take his first shot at the National Football League, drafting an exciting young crop of rookies.

Here’s how the Jaguars faired:

#1 Trevor Lawrence (QB)

Taking the star quarterback was a no-brainer. Jacksonville have had issues in this position for a number of years now whilst Trevor Lawrence is projected to become a Hall of Famer. It’s too early to tell but if his high school and college days are anything to go by then Jacksonville have a bright future ahead of them.

Lawrence never lost a regular season game with the Clemson Tigers but did lose to Ohio State in the playoffs this past season. Everyone is grading him A+.

#25 Travis Etienne (RB)

Jacksonville had a second pick in the first-round courtesy of the LA Rams and used it on Trevor Lawrence’s college teammate Travis Etienne.

The running back possesses power and speed to give them a triple threat in the backfield now, following James Robinson’s breakout rookie season last campaign, and the experience of Carlos Hyde. Etienne will suit Meyer’s offence with his speed.

Although the pick could have been used on improving the defence, they have an excellent player here. A.

Despite these two stellar picks, the sportsbooks have the Jaguars way back at 9/1 just to win the AFC South, similar odds you’ll find in a game of online pokies. The Indianapolis Colts’ price of just over evens gives you an idea of just how far back they are currently.

#33 Tyson Campbell (CB)

Taking Tyson Campbell out of Georgia with the first pick of the second round gives the Jaguars two very young cornerbacks. CJ Henderson was taken with the ninth overall pick a year ago, though failed to live up to his expectations in his rookie season.

Campbell will be competing with Henderson for a starting role as the signing of Shaquill Griffin to a €40 million contract this off-season will see the former Seahawk take the other spot. C.

#45 Walker Little (OT)

Jacksonville did little to protect their quarterbacks last season and that’s one of the most important changes they need to make this season to give Trevor Lawrence time in the pocket.

Cam Robinson has been franchised and Jawaan Taylor has been signed so Walker Little is likely to be a long-term investment looking to start in 2022.

#65 Andre Cisco (S)

The Jaguars have been calling out for a playmaker in their secondary for a couple of seasons now and may just have found one in the third round with Syracuse’s Andre Cisco.

The safety led the FBS with 12 interceptions in 2018-19 and finished his college career with 13 in 24 games. Andre Cisco is recovering from an ACL tear so may not go in as the starting free safety from week 1.

#106 Jay Tufele (DT)

The defensive tackle out of USC stands at 6’3" and weighs 315lbs so will be able to block up offensive linemen. Potential starter next season after Taven Bryan lost his starting job midway through last season.

#121 Jordan Smith (OLB)

Jordan Smith is a beast at linebacker, standing at 6’7" who was very productive in his first season at UAB, recording 10 sacks and four forced fumbles. A change to a 3-4 scheme on defence means that Jordan Smith should get a lot of action as an edge rusher in his rookie season.

#145 Luke Farrell (TE)

Having played under Urban Meyer for two years in college the new head coach will know what he can expect from his rookie tight end. Luke Farrell is a solid blocker to help the run game. Don’t expect too many catches from him though.

#209 Jalen Camp (WR)

Jalen Camp will add speed to the receiving corps and is also a powerhouse. Unlikely to see much time on offense though, look out for him on special teams instead.

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