When I started planning which team to write about next after I wrapped up my Bears 3-Round Mock Draft, I knew that I wanted to write about the Jaguars. Not only are they expected to hold the 1st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but they also have a second 1st round pick courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams due to their trade of All-Pro CB, Jalen Ramsey.
Jacksonville is in a rough spot right now after trading away some of their best players leaving only Leonard Fournette to stand in the living room alone like Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. They will most likely enter the draft with a ton of needs on both offense and defense.
You got ownership fighting with their players and a coaching staff that will probably be out of work come season’s end. Gardner Minshew, the tiger king, is the face of the franchise and DJ Chark has emerged as a decent option at WR.
Other than the 1st pick, which you’ll see shortly was a no brainer, I sort of just left it to fate. I didn’t go in with a plan, and didn’t target any 1 position. Ultimately, I think the results in this 3-Round Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft are fantastic. Let’s take a look!
Trevor Lawrence is the biggest no brainer in the 2021 Draft. You’ve heard of “Suck for Luck”, I think this season it’s “Tank for Trev”. The only other guy I’d maybe consider here is Sewell, but even then, I’d say he’s miles behind. Trevor Lawrence is the guy, and like Joe Burrow, will be the clear 1st overall pick.\n\nAt Clemson, Trevor started 26 of the 30 games he played in for the Tigers and has accounted for 76 touchdowns in his career. To go with his national championship, he earned the MVP award for the game as well as earning All-ACC honors. I imagine the 2020 season will earn him many more awards and accolades.\n\nAt QB, the Jaguars really only have 1 player worth noting, and that’s Gardner Minshew. While I love his meme-ability, and his character, to me he’s just a guy. Can he win some games for you, sure, but he’s not the future. He sort of reminds me of Jacoby Brissett, in that he’s a fine player, but if you’re able to add a prospect like Trevor Lawrence, you do it, no questions asked.
With their 2nd round pick, the Jaguars add Stanford offensive tackle, Walker Little. I’m actually a little surprised he fell to Jacksonville at pick 16, but I’ll take it. There weren't a lot of directions to go in at this point, and that’s ok. Picking a top tier tackle to help shore up your offensive line and protect your new franchise quarterback is a very smart move.
This 6’7” 315 lb player is a monster. He’s a former All-Pac 12 1st teamer as a sophomore and honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a true freshman. The question mark around Little is his durability and health, since he went down during the 2019 season with a season ending injury after only 1 game when he suffered a knee injury. The 2020 season will be a prove it year for Walker Little.
With LT Cam Robinson coming off the books at the conclusion of the 2020 season, it seems logical that Little would come right in and compete for the job, if not given it outright due to how high he will be picked. The Jaguars fill 2 needs with their 1st 2 picks.
I don’t think this pick changes, regardless of what happens with RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette’s contract is up after the 2020 season, so if he resigns, then Najee Harris comes in to give Jacksonville a fantastic 1-2 punch. If Leonard walks and tests free agency, then Harris comes in and immediately takes over lead back for the Jaguars. Either way, this pick makes sense.
Harris, the RB from Alabama, didn’t really get a chance to shine until the 2019 season because he was stuck behind players like Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs. When he finally got the starting job, Harris rushed for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns earning 2nd team All-ACC honors.
So Jacksonville has Fournette, a free agent after the 2020 season, and Ryquell Armstead, a 5th round pick from 2019. Like I said before, I don’t think their situation with Leornard really matters for this pick because it is justified either way. Najee would be a great fit with the Jaguars.
All right, pop quiz, name me 1 player in the Jacksonville secondary. I know, right? I couldn’t either, and I came up with this quiz. LSU safety JaCoby Stevens would come right in and help that secondary out. He was one of the best players available at pick 65 and fills a huge hole in the defense.
The senior safety was part of that magical 2019 LSU national championship team led by the victorious cigar smoking Joe Burrow. The 6’1 228 lb safety earned 2nd team All-ACC honors and recorded 85 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
We know that this Jaguars team is void of big names, and that may change come 2020. A lot of things can happen during the course of a season, and a player like safety Jarrod Wilson could really make a name for himself, which would negate this pick. As of right now though, this team desperately needs a “quarterback of the defense” type of player, and Stevens brings that.