Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 28.4 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 26th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Jaguars in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Player who benefited most from draft: WR DJ Chark Jr.

Really, all the receivers will benefit from the addition of Trevor Lawrence, but Chark is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 (53 catches, 706 yards, 5 TDs). He made the Pro Bowl and was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2019, and the upgrade in QB play over Gardner Minshew II, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon -- all of whom started games last season -- gives him a chance to surpass 1,000 yards again. The addition of vet Marvin Jones Jr., helps, too, because defenses can't just focus on Chark any longer. -- Michael DiRocco

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

So, really now: How much better does Trevor Lawrence make the Jaguars? This was a team that lost its final 15 games last season to secure the No. 1 overall pick and the right to select Lawrence, the most hyped prospect to come out of college since Andrew Luck. If Lawrence really is the next Luck, the Jags are ready to take a massive leap. The Colts went from 2-14 to 11-5 in Luck's rookie season. Other factors played a role in Indianapolis' rapid ascent, but it all centered around a huge leap in play at the game's most important position. It is not crazy to think Jacksonville could be competing for a playoff spot come December. We have to see it happen first, but Lawrence could change everything.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They have their franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, which means they won't be this low for too long. Urban Meyer will have this team moving up quickly.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, new coach Urban Meyer and a squadron of new players will navigate the NFL's significant learning curve together -- maybe with Tim Tebow learning how to play tight end -- but this could be a dangerous team and fun one to watch by Halloween.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

For a team coming off of a 1-15 season, it's not completely devoid of talent. The offensive line in front of Trevor Lawrence should be competent, and the Jaguars are fine at wide receiver with D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault. Defensively, they have some edge rush and young, talented corners.

Lawrence will go through the normal rookie growing pains, and the jury's out on whether Urban Meyer will be able to quickly adjust to coaching in the NFL. But the Jaguars could definitely sneak up on some opponents and win games they're not supposed to.

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