For our penultimate addition to our 32 Mocks in 32 Days series, I’m getting the opportunity to look back at a mock draft I did way back in December. Now that free agency is behind most teams, all focus is shifted to the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a ton of picks and a ton of needs going into a new era of Jags’ football.
Since my last Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft, the team has made some significant strides. In free agency, Jags’ general manager Trent Baalke brought in some strong names to bolster his roster before the draft. Baalke was able to address the secondary, defensive line, and lack of weapons for his incoming young quarterback.
The pair of big-ticket free agents that landed in Jacksonville due to the club’s full coffers are both defensive backs. Shaquill Griffin came over from Seattle to star as the number one corner, and Rayshawn Jenkins looks ready to take the reigns as the Jags’ safety one.
A trio of veteran receivers joined the Jaguars and look to provide some help to a depleted group. Both Jamal Agnew and Marvin Jones left the rebuilding Detroit Lions to join the rebuilding Jaguars. Jones, in particular, looks like a necessary safety blanket for the incoming quarterback. On a smaller scale, Phillip Dorsett, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, will add a much-needed element of speed to Urban Meyer’s offense. With the newcomers covered, let’s jump into our second Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft: Day One
1.01 | Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson
There isn’t much to say here. This Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft is starting like every other. The Jags lost a lot last year and are now rewarded with the prospect many are calling the next generational quarterback. The Clemson product has done it all at the collegiate level, and soon he’ll be calling Duval his new home.
1.25 | Alijah Vera-Tucker | OG/OT | USC
While Alijah Vera-Tucker may not be available at this pick, he’ll likely go in the mid-to-early ’20s and would be a great fit for the Jaguars. Vera-Tucker’s role in the NFL is nowhere near decided yet. He is a true switch offensive lineman; he played full seasons at USC at both guard and tackle, putting up fantastic numbers along the way. Jacksonville has some depth on the interior offensive line and blocking tight ends that can help shield young tackles that need some time to grow.
Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft: Day Two
2.33 | Dillon Radunz | OT | NDSU
Yes, I know that two highly drafted offensive linemen are redundant, but this Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft is taking a few different ideas in mind when making this pick. Firstly, the incumbent offensive tackles both struggled massively last season. Secondly, Vera-Tucker could very well end up making his name as a stellar interior offensive lineman. Third, and finally, Radunz is just darn good. He was the best offensive lineman at this year’s Senior Bowl; he’s explosive; and, he excels in one-on-one pass protection, an essential in protecting a freshly drafted quarterback.
2.45 | Dyami Brown | WR | North Carolina
In my previous Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft, I had Ole Miss Elijah Moore going to the Jaguars in the sixth round. I knew that was a reach, but boy, do I look stupid now. Moore is mocked as high as 22nd overall this year. Dyami Brown is no consolation prize; just a different type of player.
Brown has a few inches and pounds on the diminutive Moore, and simply put, they play different styles. Brown is a true deep threat receiver. He’s averaged 20 yards per catch over the last two seasons, ran a 4.44 forty at his pro-day, and is the only UNC wideout to ever post multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
3.65 | Andre Cisco | S | Syracuse
Andre Cisco’s draft position will end up mirroring his play style. He has been mocked all over the place, and for good reason. When healthy, Cisco is a prototypical ball-hawking safety. He’s a speedster who can cover ground with the best receivers and can always make a play on the ball. His reading of the game and health (torn ACL in 2020) are question marks that should allow the Jaguars a shot at an exceptional safety in the third round.
Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft: Day Three
4.106 | Trey Sermon | RB | Ohio State
Running back is a major need for the Jaguars, and Trey Sermon should be a solid NFL-level player. He FEASTED at both Ohio State and Oklahoma over three seasons. Some concerns have lowered his stock. Sermon doesn’t have true breakaway speed and doesn’t have the best hands in the passing game. That said, Sermon has great acceleration, great balance, and sheds tacklers with the best of them.
4.130 | Paulson Adebo | CB | Stanford
Even with the offseason signing of Shaquill Griffin, the Jaguars could certainly use depth at the corner position. Even though Paulson Adebo opted out of the 2020 season, he had some solid tape from his last two seasons. He only allowed a 58% completion percentage in 2019 and graded great in both coverage and zone. He has some technique issues that need work, but he should add valuable depth.
5.145 | Tutu Atwell | WR | Louisville
Speed is the name of Tutu Atwell’s game. He does everything at 100 miles per hour, and that is both beneficial and a hindrance. The small wideout simply outpaced most of the defensive backs he played against, and that made him rely on his speed rather than working on his route running. He’ll likely need to put on some pounds to really thrive at the next level.
5.170 | Talanoa Hufanga | S | USC
Another USC prospect is set to go to the Jags in this Jacksonville Jaguars mock draft. Talanoa Hufanga is a hulking man for his position, and he plays his role well. Hufanga is incredibly physical and adds that element to any defense. The issue is that he is relatively limited to that role. He is not a deep safety by any means and will get exposed in that role.
7.249 | Tedarrell Slayton | DT | Florida
The Jacksonville Jaguars have some good interior players already, but the position could use some depth. Slayton is a work in progress. He has the natural size for an NFL nose tackle and can move for his size. That said, his technique could use some work. Time behind established veterans should help with that.
Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Recap
The Jaguars realistically need help at just about every position. A draft that focuses on a good mix of defensive players and pieces to put around their young star quarterback will be a great start to fixing a team that seems to be perennially rebuilding.
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