Connor Neal | March 4th, 2020
The Jacksonville Jaguars have too many holes to fill in just draft but drafting the correct players could help. The Jaguars need cornerback help the most after trading away Jalen Ramsey during the season and A.J. Bouye earlier this week. After that, it’s a mirage of other needs. With so many needs, the Jaguars can attack the draft in multiple ways.
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Round 1, Pick 9: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Although Isiah Simmons is the dream pick, he will be long gone by the time the Jaguars pick. With Calais Campbell heading into the final season under contract in Jacksonville, Kinlaw makes the most sense. In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jaguars took Taven Bryan, who unfortunately, hasn’t worked out. Kinlaw would be able to learn under Campbell for a season and then fill his spot in 2021.
Round 1, Pick 20: Jeff Gladney, CB, Florida
After the Jaguars just traded away Bouye to the Broncos and Ramsey to the Rams, the Jaguars desperately need help at cornerback. While Kristian Fulton or C.J. Henderson would be nice here at 20, they will both likely be gone. Gladney is a strong, physical man coverage corner who would step into that starting job extremely well for Jacksonville.
Round 2, Pick 42: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
After the NFL Combine, no other wide receiver increased their stock more than Mims. Mims would make a great running mate for DJ Chark and he would push Dede Westbrook in the slot. Adding extra weapons for Gardner Minshew will only make this offense more explosive and less predictable.
Round 3, Pick 73: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Trautman is a very well rounded athletic tight end. He can block and run routes, which is perfect for what the Jaguars look for at the position. Although the Jaguars took Josh Oliver in the third round last season, Trautman is a big improvement over the vertical threat Oliver.
Round 4, Pick 113: Calvin Throckmorton, OG, Oregon
Throckmorton was a stud in college for the Ducks and should transition well into the NFL. The Jaguars need a player who will actually compete with A.J. Cann and eventually take over that starting right guard position.
Round 4, Pick 134: Jeremy Chinn, SAF, Southern Illinois
This is the pick the Jaguars just acquired from the Broncos in exchange for Bouye. After his combine performance, everyone is going back to the tape and taking a second look at Chinn. He is a big, athletic safety who is extremely quick. With the Jaguars still having previously UDFA Jarrod Wilson starting at free safety, Chinn would pair well with Ronnie Harrison and help improve the depleted secondary.
Round 5, Pick 165: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
Gay is a sideline to sideline type of linebacker who will be everywhere his team needs him. In the past, the Jaguars have leaned towards athletic linebackers like Telvin Smith and Myles Jack, and Gay is just that. During the Combine, Gay ran the second-fastest 40 time and second-highest vertical jump among linebackers. He also had the best broad jump among players at his position. If not for some off the field issues, Gay would be a day two pick.
Round 6, Pick 189: Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
Charlie, son of Andy Heck, is a very tall offensive tackle, standing at 6’7”. Heck isn’t an immediate starter in the NFL but he could compete with Cam Robinson who has disappointed the team with his play and injury-prone past.
Round 6, Pick 206: AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
Dillon is a powerful downhill runner who would pair very well with Leonard Fournette. Dillon ran surprisingly fast, 4.53, for his playstyle which is good for his stock. After Dillon’s freshman season at Boston College, some thought he could be a future first-round pick so to get him this late in the draft is a steal.
Round 7, Pick 223: James Smith-Williams, EDGE, N.C. State
Smith-Williams is by far the best athlete at edge rusher in this years draft class, according to his combine performance. Out of all the other edge rushers at the combine, Smith-Williams ran the fastest with a blazing 4.60, benched the third most reps at 28, and had the fourth farthest broad jump. The Jaguars should take a shot on the raw but athletic edge rusher this late in the draft.
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