Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 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:
Over the past decade, no team has won fewer games than the Jaguars (44), but their first No. 1 overall pick in Jacksonville Jaguars draft history coincides with the availability of the best quarterback prospect to enter the league since Andrew Luck. Not only do the Jaguars have the opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback at No. 1, but they have a treasure trove of draft capital (multiple picks in four of the first five rounds) and salary-cap space (league-high per Over the Cap).
My top-ranked interior defensive lineman, the redshirt sophomore had 9.5 tackles for loss including eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 2020 and played his best football down the stretch. Six of Barmore's sacks came in the final six games of the season and Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari was the only SEC defender to record more sacks in 2020.
Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect I've seen in nearly a decade, and the Jaguars obviously want a game-changer under center as the Urban Meyer era begins. But can they surround the Clemson QB with talent? Jacksonville signed Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency to pair with James Robinson, DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. in what should be a much-improved offense, but also remember that the Jags have 10 picks, including three more over the first two rounds. Stay tuned!
25. Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
We've mentioned Jenkins a few times already, but the Jaguars seem like a perfect match. They are investing in Trevor Lawrence as their franchise QB, and you have to protect franchise QBs. Cam Robinson is back on the franchise tag, and Jawaan Taylor is occupying the opposite tackle position, but Jenkins could slide inside to guard as a rookie before eventually taking over an outside role. He can hold his ground against power rushers without issue.
The signing of Rayshawn Jenkins shouldn't prevent the Jaguars from adding a safety, and none are rated as highly as Moehrig. The TCU star led all college safeties in pass breakups in each of the past two seasons, according to PFF.
It feels as if this pick has been three years in the making, ever since Lawrence burst onto the scene as a freshman at Clemson and led them to a national championship. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds with mobility, he is the type of prospect that scouts have compared to the likes of John Elway and Andrew Luck as a once-in-a-decade type talent. With a new regime in Jacksonville headlined by Urban Meyer, they aren't going to begin their tenure by passing on a talent like Lawrence.
At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Barmore has the size to stack up against the run but also the ability and explosiveness to get to the QB, as evidenced by his team-leading eight sacks last season, including one in the national championship game to also go with two tackles for loss and five overall tackles, earning him the defensive MVP of the game award.
I know this is probably boring, to the point that some are going the contrarian route and saying Lawrence isn't the best quarterback in this draft class. He is though and Urban Meyer isn't taking someone else here. Reports have the Heisman runner-up declining the chance to attend the draft and choosing instead to watch it at Clemson surrounded by friends and family.
This pick hasn't changed since my last mock draft, but Lawrence's future playmaking corps has. After adding veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones and running back Carlos Hyde to a group that already included DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, Collin Johnson, and James Robinson, Jacksonville has built what should be a strong nucleus of skill players to surround its franchise quarterback.
The Jaguars made big moves to address their secondary in free agency, retaining Sidney Jones while adding former Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin and former Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Grabbing Moehrig here would only add to that, giving Jacksonville another big-time defender with the versatility to line up in multiple spots and the instincts to make game-changing plays.
This pick is as no-brainer as it gets. Gardner Minshew surprised everyone with a good rookie season in 2019, but couldn't build on it in 2020. And quite simply, he's not Trevor Lawrence, who is in the Andrew Luck/Peyton Manning "generational" status of prospects. Lawrence brings a complete skillset to the NFL: size, arm strength, accuracy, mobility, leadership and a winning pedigree (he's only lost two games since high school).
After taking Trevor Lawrence, look for the Jags to address either the defensive line or safety with the pick they received in the 2019 Jalen Ramsey trade. Christian Barmore burst onto the scene late last season and has a knack for getting into the backfield with a great combination of power and quickness off the snap.