Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pre-Free Agency Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

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:

EDSFootball - Hanson (3/5)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

New mock, same pick for the Jaguars. Of course, this pick won't change between now and April 29th.

As noted in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft, 3.0, this marks the first time in franchise history that the Jags own the rights to the first overall pick and it couldn't have come at a better time. While no quarterback or prospect is a "sure thing," Lawrence is a generational talent that is arguably the best quarterback prospect to enter the league since Andrew Luck.

25. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

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.

ESPN - McShay (3/4)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

I might start beginning my mock drafts with the second pick, because Lawrence heading down to Jacksonville to become new coach Urban Meyer's franchise QB is about as close to a lock as you can have in early March. The Jaguars' quarterback room has ranked among the league's worst in Total QBR over the past three seasons, finishing no higher than 26th over that time. But Lawrence has elite traits in just about every area of his game.

Michael DiRocco on his fit with the Jaguars: Lawrence would start out of the gate even if the Jaguars do sign Alex Smith, which seems to be the trendy rumor considering his time with Meyer at Utah. Play the kid and start the rebuild.

25. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

At No. 1 overall, the Jaguars landed the top quarterback in the class. Now they get the top safety with their second first-rounder. Moehrig had six interceptions over his last two collegiate seasons and is a strong tackler. If not safety, defensive tackle -- maybe Washington's Levi Onwuzurike or Alabama's Christian Barmore -- would be a position to watch.

Michael DiRocco on his fit with the Jaguars: Jarrod Wilson has started 28 games at free safety over the past two seasons and has been a steady player, but the Jaguars need playmakers in the secondary. Plus, Josh Jones is a pending free agent. Moehrig might not be a starter immediately, but it would be a surprise if he didn't finish the season as one.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (3/3)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The draft starts at pick No. 2. The Urban Meyer era begins with Lawrence at No. 1 overall.

25. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Home-run selection for the Jaguars, as Darrisaw has serious franchise left tackle skills.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/1)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

If it wasn't obvious the Jaguars intended to take Lawrence before, it certainly was last week when new Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer spent the entirety of Lawrence's pro day workout within hair-flip distance of the quarterback who has been projected to be the No. 1 pick in this draft since he played for Cartersville (Ga.) High.

This is a franchise that has been in search of a franchise QB since Mark Brunell's departure 17 years ago. Blaine Gabbert (2010) and Blake Bortles (2014) couldn't measure up. The free-agent signing of Super Bowl LII hero Nick Foles was a flop. No QB is a sure thing, but Lawrence is the closest thing to it. -- Andy Staples

25. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

The Jaguars will be thrilled if this is how the actual draft turns out. They need interior defensive line help, and even though they have abundant cap space, free-agent options on the inside of the line are limited and expensive. Barmore might be the only first-round-quality interior lineman in this draft, so they would happily scoop him up with this pick they received from the Rams in the Jalen Ramsey trade. If Barmore plays the way he played at the end of the 2020 season, he could provide valuable push up the middle, which would only make Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson more effective rushers on the outside. -- Andy Staples

Touchdown Wire - Farrar (2/26)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Lawrence is the best player in the 2021 class, and he has that high floor/high ceiling combination every team wants at every position, but especially at quarterback. Over three seasons with the Tigers, Lawrence completed 758 of 1,138 passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and a passer rating of 164.3. He increased his completion percentage, his yards per attempt, and his adjusted yards per attempt in each of those three seasons, and there really isn't anything that confounds him. When under pressure in 2020, he completed 28 of 69 passes for 449 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions. Lawrence also ran 68 times last season for 208 yards and eight touchdowns, so there should be no question about his effective mobility. The future is now in Jacksonville, and its name is Trevor Lawrence.

25. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

There's absolutely no question about Parsons' value on the field -- based on that alone, I'd address him as a top-10 talent in this class. But serious off-field issues, including a fight involving Parsons and defensive back Isaiah Humphries that Penn State head coach James Franklin allegedly told Humphries not to report to police, will -- or at least should -- raise the hackles of NFL teams. Humphries sued the school in 2020. There are also allegations of sexual assault related to hazing that must be considered when evaluating the entire Micah Parsons picture.

Well the Jaguars need help on a formerly great defense that Tom Coughlin blew apart over the last few years with his “get off my lawn” approach, and to say the least, Urban Meyer has always been... lenient when considering off-field issues.

So, with all that said, Parsons is a great defensive player who could add a ton to any defense as an off-ball linebacker, as a slot defender, and as a blitzer on or near the defensive line. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he hits like a 260-pound linebacker and moves like a 220-pound safety. There isn't an NFL team that couldn't use his skill set; this process will be far more about culture fit and how Parsons explains himself. The football stuff all checks out at an exceedingly high level. - Casserly (2/25)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

No surprise here. Urban Meyer strikes gold with franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence to start the rebuild.

25. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

The Jags couldn't stop the run last season, so this pick is dedicated to shoring up that weakness. I also won't be surprised if they choose to sign another defensive tackle in free agency. - Meinke (2/25)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

I've seen a couple folks say they think Zach Wilson is QB1, proving once again that if you look long enough, and want it badly enough, you can find literally anything on the Internet.

25. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Trevor Lawrence is going to need all the help he can get, and Bateman is some pretty good help. He was one of the best route runners in the country before opting out of the 2020 season. He got open, caught contested footballs, was a deep threat and even broke tackles with the ball in his hands.

San Diego Union Tribune (2/24)

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Urban Meyer isn't taking someone else here, especially another quarterback. The rebuild will get a boost with three other picks in the top 50. The Heisman runner-up is a good start and a much better building block than Blake Bortles or Blaine Gabbert. Lawrence underwent surgery on his left shoulder last week in California. He expressed on social media he was “Excited for rehab” after the procedure and will likely be ready for training camp.

25. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Cam Robinson is a free agent and Cosmi is likely an upgrade anyways. You can't develop a young quarterback if you don't have a decent offensive line. It's science. Cosmi dominated in 26 games at right tackle as a sophomore. He did the same at left tackle this season.

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