To start the NFL scouting season, it only feels right to start with a 2021 Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft. Following a mediocre 6-10 season, the Jaguars are back with the dregs of the NFL. With no real direction at quarterback… or head coach… or general manager… the Jags have their work cut out for them this offseason.
With that in mind, Jacksonville has set itself up nicely for the future thanks to their feeble efforts during the 2020 season. With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Jacksonville is set to select first overall in the 2021 draft. The Jaguars have ten other selections this year, and with a ton of needs, also have a ton of options.
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Jaguars Mock Draft
1.1: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
This is a no-brainer. Trevor Lawrence has been the consensus number one pick in the 2021 draft for two seasons now. His 2020, albeit shortened due to COVID, has been just as impressive as his first two years at Clemson.
On-route to another ACC Championship, Lawrence played in nine games this season, missing most of November. That said, he tossed for 2753 yards, 22 scores, and only 4 picks. The junior out of Cartersville, GA is a Heisman finalist in what is likely to be his last collegiate season and has every tool necessary to be an exceptional NFL quarterback. Any Jaguars mock draft must have him at the top or it loses credibility.
1.25: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
With a new quarterback at the helm, the Jaguars need to have a plan to protect him. That’s where Samuel Cosmi comes in. Cosmi is a mountain of a man, standing six-foot, seven-inches, and 309 lbs. Don’t let his size fool you, though, he is an outstanding athlete at the tackle position.
If there is one game to look at to show his pedigree, watch his tape against LSU in 2019. The vast majority of that LSU team is now in the NFL, and Cosmi did more than hold his own at left tackle. He routinely kept a clean pocket for Sam Ehlinger and even got push at the line of scrimmage on run plays. Cosmi is a versatile tackle that is NFL ready.
2.02: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
The Jaguars have poured draft capital into their defense during the last few off-seasons. In return, they found a few gems that make up their pass rush, including Myles Jack, Josh Allen, and K’Lavon Chaisson. Now, the problem the Jags are facing is a lack of pressure from the interior. Most fans who have attempted to do a Jaguars mock draft are left with very little interior options when the second round comes around, but if Barmore is here, the Jags’ have to pounce.
Barmore was a consistent force to be reckoned with on Alabama’s defensive front. For two seasons, the six-foot-five defensive tackle racked up tackles and sacks. From the interior, Barmore put together six sacks and six-and-a-half tackles for loss in 2020. He can step in on day one and make an immediate impact.
2.14: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Adding Olave to the weapons that Jacksonville already has will allow Lawrence to flourish. The wideout has been a huge target at Ohio State for two straight seasons. In 2020, he caught 36 balls for 528 yards and five touchdowns.
The six-foot-one receiver played in all 5 of Ohio State’s regular season games was sorely missed in the Big Ten Championship game. Luckily for Olave and Ohio State, head coach Ryan Day stated that Olave should be available for the Sugar Bowl against Clemson.
3.01: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
In a similar sense to their offense, the Jaguars’ secondary leaves much to be desired. 2020 first-round draft pick CJ Henderson has missed a big chunk of the season with a groin injury, but his time on the field has been the only bright spot for the Jaguars’ defense. A selection like Campbell would do wonders to shore up the group.
Campbell is a long, athletic cover corner that has all the skills needed to make it to the next level. He started all nine games in 2020 for Georgia and put together a season featuring 26 tackles and four pass breakups, which tied for the team lead. Campbell is going to be a very popular target for anyone doing a Jaguars Mock draft this spring.
4.05: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
5.01: Bubba Bolden, S, Miami (FL)
6.02: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
7.01: Smoke Monday, S, Auburn
This year’s draft should see a lot of talent available in the middle rounds. Zion Johnson has a ton of experience coming out of college. He played two seasons at Davidson before participating in 24 total games at Boston College. Bubba Bolden played in one season at USC before transferring to Miami and impressing. The safety made eight starts for the Hurricanes and led the team with 65 tackles.
Elijah Moore likely won’t be available at 129, but whoever gets him will be getting an incredibly dynamic player. The diminutive wideout is a 2020 Biletnikoff Award Finalist after making 86 receptions for 1193 yards and eight touchdowns in only eight games. Smoke Monday has been a consistent starter at Auburn, and he has consistently improved. 2020 has been his best year to date, putting together 64 total tackles and five pass breakups.
#193 Pick: Paddy Fisher, ILB, Northwestern
#219 Pick: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
A major part of Northwestern’s Big Ten Championship runner-up season, Fisher had a huge role in the middle of a great defense this past year. He piled up the tackles, ending the season with 74 total and three-and-a-half for loss. Jordan Smith is a project, but he has all of the physical attributes of a dominant edge rusher. Smith towers over almost every other player on the field, standing six-foot-seven and 255 lbs. He had a strong redshirt junior season for the Blazers, totaling 43 total tackles and four-and-a-half sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a dragon’s hoard of draft capital to add young talent to a depleted roster. Expect them to follow a blueprint like this as they start their rebuild with a new franchise quarterback.
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