Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup 4.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Jacksonville Jaguars from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jaguars:
NFL.com - Edholm (2/3)
24. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Jacksonville could use more help defensively, but adding a king-sized blocker and receiver for Trevor Lawrence makes a ton of sense. Washington reminds me of longtime Jaguar Marcedes Lewis.
The Draft Network - Marino (2/1)
25. Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
The Jacksonville Jaguars would be wise to make sure their cupboard is full of offensive line talent around budding superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence. While Walker LIttle has flashed, Jawaan Taylor is an expiring contract at right tackle. Anton Harrison is a silky-smooth athlete with exciting length to develop into a long-term fixture for Jacksonville upfront.
College Football News (2/1)
24. Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
The Jaguars are in a nice spot. It's a deep first round and they can go the Best Player Available route if they choose. More help on the O line to protect Trevor Lawrence is the easy call if Harrison lasts this long.
Athlon Sports - Fischer (1/31)
24. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
The Jags had a ton of comebacks down the stretch last year but would be better served if they didn't get in the position to need to do that in the first place. Smith should help with that, providing an aggressiveness and playmaking ability that would serve an athletic defense well.
The Athletic - Baumgardner (1/30)
24. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
For stretches of the 2021 season, Jaxon Smith-Njigba was the most impactful offensive player in college football. He was Ohio State's best route runner on a team that included Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. He is not, however, an overwhelming athlete. But he was running NFL routes as a freshman in college, and he could be Trevor Lawrence's new best friend. The Jaguars are really close — maybe even "one more good receiver" close — to being legitimate contenders.
SB Nation - Schofield (1/30)
25. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
This is absolutely a luxury pick.
Remember, the Jaguars expect Calvin Ridley back next season, which would bolster their wide receiver room. While the emergence of Evan Engram this season has been fantastic to see — and is saving some of my pre-draft takes from 2017 — Engram is entering free agency.
Ideally, the Jaguars bring him back ... and still draft Washington. Why? I'm picturing a "big 11" personnel package with Ridley and Christian Kirk on the outside, and Engram along with Washington at tight end. Engram can operate as the move-type TE, while Washington gives Jacksonville an in-line option who can handle the run-blocking part of the position well.
That would cause problems for opposing defenses.
CBS Sports - Wilson (1/30)
24. Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
Dalton Kincaid could end up being one of the best rookie offensive weapons in 2023, especially if Doug Pederson uses him like the Jags used Evan Engram in '22. Engram and two other Jacksonville TEs are currently free agents, though the team could certainly decide to re-up the former Giants first-rounder who is coming off a career year. Even still, Kincaid would only make Trevor Lawrence's life easier in '23.
PFF - Sikkema (1/30)
25. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Jaguars' offense got a great return on investment from signing Evan Engram to a one-year deal. But with 2022 being a career year for him, he might be able to find more money on the market. If they lose him, they won't want to let that hole in the offense go unfilled. Mayer was one of the most productive players in college football in recent years, posting an 82.0 receiving grade in 2021 and an elite 91.8 receiving grade in 2022. He was targeted on 30.3% of his routes run this past season and won't be inexperienced in whatever role the Jaguars ask him to play.
ESPN - Kiper (1/25)
24. Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
How about those Jaguars? After an AFC South title in 2022, shouldn't they be the early favorites to win it again? General manager Trent Baalke did a nice job filling holes last offseason, but the pass rush still was mediocre, the off-ball linebackers struggled badly in coverage and there's an open corner spot opposite Tyson Campbell. With a strong cornerback class in this draft, Baalke & Co. could target Banks, a man-coverage defender with exceptional physical tools. He could rise as we get closer to the draft once NFL teams see him test at the combine. And yes, this makes five cornerbacks off the board in Round 1.
Another position to keep an eye on for Jacksonville is tight end, where Evan Engram is a free agent. Luke Musgrave (Oregon State) and Dalton Kincaid (Utah) could be options.
NFL.com - Brooks (1/23)
24. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Adding another former Bulldog corner to play opposite Tyson Campbell could allow the Jaguars to play more man-to-man coverage on the perimeter.
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