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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: Jaguars

by Josh Norris

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: QB Nick Foles, LB Jake Ryan, TE Geoff Swaim, WR Chris Conley, OT Cedric Ogbuehi.

Starting Offense

QB: Nick Foles
RB: Leonard Fournette
WR: Marqise Lee
WR: D.J. Chark
SLWR: Dede Westbrook
TE: Geoff Swaim
LT: Cam Robinson
LG: Andrew Norwell
C: Brandon Linder
RG: A.J. Cann
RT: Will Richardson

Starting Defense

RE: Yannick Ngakoue
LE: Calais Campbell
NT: Abry Jones
3T: Marcell Dareus
MLB: Myles Jack
WLB: Telvin Smith
SLB: Jake Ryan
LCB: Jalen Ramsey
RCB: A.J. Bouye
SCB: D.J. Hayden
FS: Ronnie Harrison
SS: Jarrod Wilson

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Pass Catcher: Foles experienced his most success in Philadelphia throwing to jump-ball winner Alshon Jeffery, and Jacksonville lacks pass catchers with Alshon-caliber skill sets. Lee is coming off a torn ACL, Westbrook is a smallish if explosive slot receiver, and Chark showed little as a rookie before suffering a debilitating quad injury. Keelan Cole was benched for dropping passes and running poor routes. TEs Swaim and James O’Shaughnessy instill minimal defensive fear.

Offensive Line: Jacksonville’s most-obvious question mark up front is right tackle, where Jermey Parnell was released and 2018 fourth-round pick Richardson is the next man up. Richardson didn’t play a single snap as a rookie. LT Robinson (ACL), LG Norwell (ankle) and C Linder (knee) all finished last season on injured reserve. RG Cann was the Jaguars’ weakest offensive-line link.

Running Back: Myriad injuries have cost Fournette 11 games over his first two seasons, and T.J. Yeldon was an underrated departure as Jacksonville’s primary pass-catching back. The Jaguars outright wasted a fifth-round pick in last October’s Carlos Hyde trade. Hyde was promptly released after the season. Although running back is the lowest-impact position in pro football, the Jaguars’ run-first, smash-mouth philosophy necessitates they roster more backs than most teams behind an injury-riddled starter.

 

Jaguars 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (7). OL Jawaan Taylor, Florida - This is one of the more difficult top 10 picks to predict. I could see it being a TE. I could even see doubling down at quarterback after that position handcuffed them for years. Even another edge rusher. But the biggest difference Nick Foles will face (outside of hearing plays called by someone other than Doug Pederson) is a drop in talent along the offensive line, which is important for a quarterback who is best in structure. Taylor has plenty of right tackle experience. And sure, maybe they could drop down a few spots if another team wants to move up.

2 (38). WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina - Nick Foles posted the lowest Intended Air Yards figure in the NFL last season at 6.7 (tied with Cody Kessler and Derek Carr). Finding a receiver who can create separation early and win after the catch (Samuel averaged over 9.5 YAC over the last two seasons). Plus, Samuel can make defenders miss in the open field.

3 (69). EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion - More edge pass rushing is never a bad thing. I know Ximines is from a less-than-elite football program, but he’s been on the NFL’s radar for some time.

3 (98). Acquired from Rams in Dante Fowler trade - TE Foster Moreau, LSU - The tight end conversation often revolves T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. Then Irv Smith and perhaps Dalton Knox. Don’t overlook Moreau, who is a punishing blocker and has the athletic upside (89th percentile) to develop as a receiver.

4 (109). OL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas - Perhaps this isn’t a name you’ve heard before, but check out some clips online if you have the time. Froholdt came to the US as a sophomore in high school and surprisingly looks super comfortable as an interior offensive lineman, with easy mirror skills and at the very least will be a utility G/C.

6 (178). RB Dexter Williams, Notre Dame - Big play RB who can maximize lanes he sees with great straight-line speed. The team currently has two bruisers at the position.

7 (236). Acquired from Ravens for Luke Bowanko - CB Ryan Pulley, Arkansas - Press corner with length that offers depth … or winds up on the practice squad.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .