With four games left in the regular season, the Jaguars sit at a 4-8 record after snapping their 7-game losing streak. While they weren’t impressive and didn’t live up to the hype, they made moves that potentially will set them up for success.
One of these moves was benching Blake Bortles, who has struggled tremendously. While it isn’t definite, this is a sign Jaguars are targeting a quarterback in this year’s draft.
Speaking of which, Jaguars gave Ohio State several visits this year, which leads us off with the first-round pick.
Round 1, Pick 6: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Whether you’re a fan of Haskins or not, he’s arguably the most talented quarterback in this draft class and that’s exactly what the Jaguars are in search for. After a rough few years with Blake Bortles handling the snaps, the time has come where they move on from him, meaning the Jaguars need a guy who’s ready to step right in and make a difference.
There’s a trending concern whether Haskins is NFL ready after having one good season and there’s a question of whether he’d be able to handle the pressure it takes to stay in the league. If Haskins were to declare, and Jaguars had enough confidence to draft the potential Heisman winner, they’ll need to groom him with more talent around a struggling offense.
Round 2, Pick 6: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Alright, Samuel may not be the big-bodied receiver Jaguars are looking for, that doesn’t mean they can’t draft potentially one of the best wide receivers in this draft class. Racking up 908 scrimmage yards along with 11 touchdowns in the 12 games Samuel has played in his 2018 season, he flashes the ability to become a star athlete.
Samuel seems most comparable to Stefon Diggs. His explosive nature and pinpoint route-running are some of the reasons he strives in separation from defensive backs, potentially leading the Haskins-Samuel connection to cause serious problems for defenses across the NFL.
Round 3, Pick 5: OT Wyatt Miller, UCF
Here’s to one of the most slept on players in this class. Wyatt Miller was a big piece to the underappreciated UCF Knights and their offense who is sixth in the FBS for points scored this season.
Not only is he a stupendous blocker, but Miller is also athletic and loves to move upfield and block linebackers. Given the Jaguars love for a power run scheme lead by Fournette, Miller would fit right in and make a difference.
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Round 3, Pick 29 (Via LA Rams): EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan
Michigan will be losing an explosive off–the–edge player that causes disruptions on almost every play. Over the last two years, Winovich has recorded 125 total tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Between money, age, and just simply wanting to move on, the Jaguars will have to make adjustments on defense. While these two players aren’t comparable, Calais Campbell eventually won’t be on the team anymore, and Winivoch can become a solid replacement given his production and hard work ethic.
Round 4, Pick 6: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Becoming the second NC State offensive linemen the Jaguars have drafted in the fourth-round in two years, Bradbury is a tricky player that the Jaguars should definitely keep their eye on.
Mobile linemen are a great asset to acquire, however, the Jaguars are a power run offense and that could lead to some issues for Bradbury.
NC State is a zone run offense and that’s where Bradbury shined. With that in mind, a toss-up in the scheme may affect his play. This could ultimately make him nothing more than a backup linemen. There are a few approaches that can be made here, but Bradbury is a tough player to pass up on.
Round 6, Pick 6: TE Matt Sokol, Michigan State
Evan Engram with blocking ability. That’s what Sokol is. While he doesn’t look productive from a stat standpoint, he is nothing shy of a good tight end.
He runs clean routes and is a tremendous run blocker, something the Jaguars are in desperate need of. It’s the choice of taking a tight end early or banking on a later guy like Sokol.
Round 7, Pick 23: CB Davante Davis, Texas
Davis is an overlooked player with teammate Kris Boyd alongside him on the field.
There’s a lot he has to offer, such as high IQ, sound awareness with good open-field tackling ability, and robust play recognition most notable on screen passes, deep routes, and hitch routes.
Over his four-year career at Texas, Davis recorded 114 total tackles, 19 pass deflections, seven tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. Depth at the cornerback position is always important, and that’s where the Jaguars are lacking. Davis would be a great value pick in the seventh-round.