Jacksonville's receivers did a good job this past season in the wake of Allen Robinson's injury, but none of them projects as a true No. 1. Robinson signed with the Bears, so I suspect the Jaguars will consider a replacement in the first couple of rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously Christian Kirk, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
The Jaguars could use a new tight end, as they signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a short-term solution, but then ended up cutting Marcedes Lewis.
Rd. 3, Pk. 29
Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
The Jaguars haven't gotten good play out of Cam Robinson yet. That could change, but here's an insurance policy.
Pick change; previously Malik Jefferson, LB
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
The Jaguars lost Aaron Colvin to free agency, so they'll have to find a new third cornerback to go along with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
Rd. 6, Pk. 29
Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
Chris Ivory is gone, so the Jaguars may want to add another running back for depth.
If Leonard Fournette is available, I think the Jaguars will take him in a heartbeat. If Fournette doesn't get here, I think the Jaguars might go with Alabama tight end O.J. Howard or Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Fournette is a no-brainer if he gets to Jacksonville.
In 2016, Fournette averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 843 yards with eight touchdowns. He recorded 15 receptions for 146 yards as well. Fournette set a school record with 284 yards on 16 carries against Ole Miss. The junior played well in 2016, but his ankle injury seemed to be holding back some of the speed and explosion he displayed as a sophomore.
Fournette (6-0, 240) has a serious burst to go along with a powerful build. He is a downhill physical runner who also is a threat to break off long touchdown runs. While obviously big and powerful, Fournette also has some wiggle to him with an elusive running style that makes him really hard to tackle.
Fournette was a superstar in 2015, overwhelming nearly every defense he took on. The sophomore averaged 6.5 yards per carry over the year for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 253 yards.
There were a lot of comparisons made of Fournette to Adrian Peterson when the former signed with LSU, and he validated the hype as a sophomore with his running style being very similar to Peterson's. Fournette didn't disappoint in 2014 either, setting the LSU record for yards from a freshman. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,034 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Tom Coughlin's wants the Jaguars to improve their rushing attack and be a tougher, more physical team. They traded for Brandon Albert, but they can't count on the oft-injured veteran to be their long-term left tackle.
Team sources say the medical report on Ramczyk had some concerns. Some teams also question his love for football after he quit the sport after high school. Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016.
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
The Jaguars could use multiple additions to their weak offensive line.
Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and possesses excellent length with 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet and a background in playing basketball. He needs to add a lot of strength, however, as he plays too high and can get pushed around. Davenport also struggles with redirecting and can get bull rushed. He needs some developmental time in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
The Jaguars could consider taking multiple tight ends considering Marcedes Lewis turns 33 just after the 2017 NFL Draft and Julius Thomas was traded away.
Roberts (6-4, 261) is a blocking tight end for the NFL, yet he also has some receiving ability. Scouting sources said that Roberts could be the best pure Y - blocking - tight end in the 2017 NFL Draft. They say Roberts is athletic enough to make some plays as a short option or in the red zone. He had a quality week at the Senior Bowl, minus a few dropped passes. In 2016, Roberts totaled 45 receptions for 533 yards with 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he made 21 catches for 234 yards with four scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Avery Gennesy, G, Texas A&M
Tom Coughlin wants the Jaguars to get tougher. Here's a blocker to help their competition up front, and they've shown some interest in Gennesy.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
The Jaguars could use some inside linebacker depth given the age of Paul Posluszny and Myles Jack struggling as a rookie.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington
The Jaguars grab some linebacker depth and brought in Ebukam for a visit.
Jacksonville signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but he was cheap and only signed a 2-year deal, so the team didn't make a long-term commitment. Marcedes Lewis turns 34 after the 2018 NFL Draft, and Hurst is a freaky athlete who would help Jacksonville's passing attack and help block for Leonard Fournette. Hurst, Lewis and Seferian-Jenkins could form some dangerous double-tight sets to help open holes for Fournette with safer receivers for Blake Bortles. The Jaguars are in win-now mode, so the age of Hurst probably won't be a big deterrent. Additionally, they are getting a good value with the best tight end in the draft late in the first round. <br> <br>
Hurst totaled 44 receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also rushed for a touchdown. Team sources have raved about Hurst and think that he has a first-round skill set. They say he might slip to the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft, but they love the physical talent of the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder. <br> <br>
Sources say they heard early on that Hurst would skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft because he is a bit older at 24 years old. Hurst played professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization out of high school. Because of his delayed start in football, sources say that Hurst is still raw as a route-runner and blocker. However, he has a great skill set with upside to improve quickly once he is taught some technique. In 2016, Hurst had 48 receptions for 616 yards with one touchdown. A lack of production from not many opportunities is another factor that could force him down.
If Blake Bortles doesn't have a big season, the Jaguars will be searching for a potential franchise quarterback. Given how Bortles has looked this preseason, Jacksonville could easily be targeting a quarterback high in the 2018 NFL Draft. Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars really liked Deshaun Watson as a prospect, and there are a lot of similarities with Jackson as both are very intelligent dual-threat quarterbacks who elevate the play of those around them. <br> <br>
Jackson led Louisville to a shoot-out win over Purdue in the 2017 season opener as he completed 30-of-46 passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for 107 yards on 21 carries. <br> <br>
Jackson (6-3, 205) set college football on fire in 2016 while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry. Jackson has a good athletic skill set, but he will need to show more accuracy and pocket-passing skills in 2017 to be a high draft pick. Jackson also faces some size concerns.
The Jaguars could use a young tight end. Marcedes Lewis is aging, and Julius Thomas was traded away. <br> <br>
In 2017, Andrews has 23 receptions for 459 yards with three touchdowns. He totaled 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 after making 19 catches for 318 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman.<br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is receiving threat as a tight end with good athleticism, route-running, quickness and hands. Andrews might be the top receiving tight end for the 2018 NFL Draft. He could end up being a prospect similar to Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper.
Jacksonville has Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson entering free agency, and after Dave Caldwell vastly overpaid Allen Hurns, the Jaguars may only re-sign one of them. Considering Robinson's frustrations with Blake Bortles, I wouldn't be surprised if Robinson signs a 1-year "prove it" deal elsewhere and hopes to cash in on a big contract a year later. If the Jaguars lose one of Robinson or Lee, they are going to need another receiver for their offense. <br> <br>
Thus far in 2017, Sutton has 37 catches for 570 yards with nine touchdowns. He totaled 76 receptions in 2016 for 1,246 yards - a 16.5-yard average - with 10 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions. <br> <br>
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved Sutton and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from his draft class. Another scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out, and he continued to impress them in 2016. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Docton, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
I can see some top receivers slide a little because of some high end quarterbacks and better offensive linemen in this years draft. However, just like last year I did not expect three receivers to go in the top 10, so who knows. The Jags picked up Blake Bortles 5th year option, which I think is the smarter move since he has looked good in years prior so maybe this new regime can spark him to play better this year. However, his top two receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns played below their expectations. Robinson a free agent next season may be deemed unworthy for an extension with another poor year and if Hurns plays poorly they may look to upgrade. Kirk's size may hinder him a bit, but he is an explosive type receiver who can take a lot of attention away for the other targets.
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