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2019 NFL Draft: Jaguars 7-round mock draft; what JAX should do

Zach Goodall



Jan 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end T.J. Hockenson (38) runs with the ball as Mississippi State Bulldogs cornerback Cameron Dantzler (3) defends during the second half in the 2019 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A two-part mock draft series in the two days leading up to the NFL Draft? This is the content you’ve been dying for.

Utilizing The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator, I generated two seven round mock drafts, picking as the Jacksonville Jaguars, and approached each differently. The first one, which I’ll go over below, is how I’d approach it if I were the general manager, while understanding the team’s ideals, pre-draft visits, needs, and so on. I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, but at the same time in a way that earns my own stamp of approval.

Tomorrow, I’ll drop another TDN-simulated mock draft based on how I believe the Jaguars will approach the draft themselves. But for now, let’s get to mocking!

1st round – 7th overall: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Hockenson is the 4th ranked player on my personal Jaguars big board, behind Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, and Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was available at this pick, and while doubling down at QB is my dream scenario, I opted to add an offensive weapon to keep this more realistic.

T.J. Hockenson is the best tight end prospect I’ve ever evaluated, and would provide an immediate dual-threat weapon to the Jaguars offense that so badly needs an upgrade at tight end. On top of being a rare breed as a blocker, Hockenson recorded 49 receptions for 760 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, while sharing tight end targets with fellow projected first round tight end Noah Fant at Iowa.

QB Nick Foles has targeted tight ends on 33% of his passes over the past two years. He’s reliant on the position to contribute in a major way. Hockenson can make that happen.

2nd round – 38th overall: Chris Lindstrom, RG, Boston College

A guy I’ve been pounding the table for since October of last year, Chris Lindstrom would be an immediate upgrade over A.J. Cann at right guard and turn Cann into a solid depth piece. Like Hockenson, it’s hard to find a real weakness in Lindstrom’s game – he’s just a good all-around blocker who wins with a mix of power and athleticism in the run game, and mirrors extraordinarily well in pass protection.

Lindstrom told me at the Senior Bowl that he has a relationship with Jaguars scout Chris Snee, who played right guard at Boston College in the early 2000’s and is Jaguars EVP of Football Ops.’ son-in-law Tom Coughlin. So, the team definitely has a connection to Lindstrom and that should only help his case.

3rd round – 69th overall: Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama

Reuniting Deionte Thompson with Jaguars strong safety and former Alabama player Ronnie Harrison would be really cool, especially in a sense where they’re both considered 3rd round “steals”. And that’s just what happens here.

Thompson was widely viewed as a first round prospect before a sour late-season stretch in the playoffs pushed him down boards a bit. However, Thompson has elite range and is willing to come down to make a play in the box as well, which would allow the Jaguars to continue making their safeties interchangeable in terms of responsibilities to throw an opponent off-guard. Thompson record three interceptions, seven defended passes, three forced fumbles, and 4.5 tackles for loss in three seasons at Alabama.

3rd round – 98th overall: Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion

Could Oshane Ximines be the next Yannick Ngakoue?

Okay, he’s probably not going to be that big of a steal, but I see glimpses of Ngakoue’s game in Ximines and that makes him appealing as a rotational pass rusher, which is what Ngakoue was originally drafted to be before earning a starting job.

Ximines recorded 32.5 sacks and 51 tackles for loss, as well as 11 forced fumbles, 12 defended passes, and an interception in four years at Old Dominion. This production led to a 2019 Senior Bowl invite. He’s a bit undersized at 6-3 1/2, 253 lbs (I believe he will play under 250), but is an above average athlete (see web below) and provides an arsenal of pass rush moves to get to the QB. Ximines is my guy for the Jaguars to target to replace Dante Fowler Jr.’s rotational pass rushing role.









4th round – 109th overall: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Despite signing Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham as insurance policies at running back this offseason, the Jaguars need to find a legitimate change-of-pace runner to replace T.J. Yeldon’s role.

David Montgomery can do that, and so much more. Montgomery a shifty back with absurd contact balance at 5-10 1/8, 222, who recorded 2925 rushing yards on 624 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Iowa State. He also not only caught the ball out of the backfield, but even lined up as a receiver outside, and hauled in 71 receptions for 582 yards in the same time frame. Montgomery isn’t a great athlete, posting below average scores in every athletic test other than a 71st percentile broad jump, but his all around game as a shifty runner, receiver, and pass blocker makes him a fantastic fit for the No. 2 RB job.

6th round – 178th overall: Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia

Gary Jennings has been overlooked in the draft process due to the name recognition fellow WVU WR David Sills V has following him, but Jennings is a really solid big slot WR who can also play Z-WR when needed. He specializes on winning contested catch battles, recorded 168 receptions for 2297 yards and 17 touchdowns in his four year career at WVU.

Jennings also has special teams experience and a willingness to block, two “musts” for Jaguars receivers. He’s best suited running routes on a vertical plane, but he has the vertical athleticism to be a big playmaker in the NFL. I was surprised Jennings fell this far in this simulation, but as stated before, he’s been overshadowed by Sills and what is a very, very strong wide receiver class starting on Day 2.

7th round – 236th overall: Isaiah Prince, OT, Ohio State

You’re probably wondering why I waited so long to address right tackle – I’ve been vocal in my support of right tackle Will Richardson in the past. While I would welcome a blue-chip upgrade, I view right guard as a bigger need than RT, simply because we know A.J. Cann has proven to be way too inconsistent whereas Richardson was a highly touted offensive line prospect, despite falling into the fourth round last year.

In that case, I utilized their final pick to add extra depth at right tackle with Richardson getting the starting nod. The Jaguars signed Cedric Ogbuehi and Leonard Wester to compete for the depth spot as well, but Prince meet’s the Jaguars offensive tackle thresholds perfectly, played in 54 straight games for Ohio State, and was live-scouted by the Jaguars five times in 2018.

How would you grade this Jaguars mock draft? Check back tomorrow for my “what will the Jaguars do” approach to a final mock draft, with the NFL Draft set to kick off Thursday night.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.



  1. Mike

    April 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

    A++ I like justice Hill as an option a little more than David Montgomery but that alll is best case scenario.

  2. Mike

    April 24, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Not bad. Best case scenario for the Jaguars would be a trade down with the Oakland Raiders for their two later first rounders and a pick in round 4. Oakland is hyped for the move to Vegas next year and will want to make all the Glam moves this year and next. After that use pne of the picks on a player and keep trafong dowm with the Raiders picks while at the same time taking a player then trading down.The defense is still good enough with some draft help for playoff probability but the offense needs OLine TE RB and WR.

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What should the Jaguars do at linebacker with Myles Jack?

Demetrius Harvey



Oct 14, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the unexpected leave of absence by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, the Jaguars have found themselves in a precarious situation. Telvin Smith had been the Jaguars starting weak-side linebacker since his rookie year in 2014. Starting 69 games since 2014 Smith has accumulated a total of 445 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and nine interceptions.

The Jaguars are going to absolutely struggle to replace his production, regardless of how anyone felt about how he played during the 2018-2019 season. The first name which comes to mind in discussing what should happen at the weak-side linebacker position is Myles Jack.

Prior to 2018, Jack started all over the field for the Jaguars. During the 2017 season, Jack was the Jaguars starting middle linebacker in nickel situations — splitting time with former Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny in base formations. Finally being allowed to start full time for the Jaguars, Jack had a solid season by all accounts accumulating 107 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception — his best season statistically as a Jaguar.

One of the primary issues the Jaguars have had on defense has been communication issues. Communication issues can come from any level of the defense, however, the middle linebacker is essentially the quarterback. He calls the plays in the huddle or just prior to the snap, and lines everyone up. Having someone more experienced or as experienced as Jack at this position is crucial. This begs the question — should Myles Jack move to weak-side linebacker?

Jack recently spoke out against the idea of moving to Will talking to John Reid of and other local media members at Calais Campbell’s second annual bowling classic event, “I’m playing Mike ’backer, there’s no question about it,” Jack stated. “Obviously, there’s no secret we’re going to have to find a Will (weak-side linebacker). As for me, I’m playing Mike until my time up here in Jacksonville is done.″

It is completely understandable why Jack would not want to change positions as he has his entire career thus far in Jacksonville. The Jaguars should think long and hard about which configuration is best for the football team. Having to throw in someone new such as Jake Ryan immediately into the fray could potentially ruin any good momentum you already had at the position.

One of the best possible outcomes would be for rookie third-round pick Quincy Williams to win the weak-side linebacker battle outright. Although he is obviously very raw coming out of Murray State, the Jaguars stated in their post-draft presser that Williams has “starter traits”. If they have to move Jack, there will be potentially three completely new starters for the Jaguars at the linebacker positions on opening day. The Jaguars will likely want to keep the defense intact going into the 2019 season.

Jake Ryan was signed by the Jaguars earlier this offseason. And although he has plenty of experience at inside linebacker — two years starting with the Packers –, he is not even one year removed from a torn ACL. Not only will Ryan be behind in terms of on-field play, but he is also brand new to the Jaguars defense — although it is someone vanilla. All of the struggles Jack had at MLB last year may be amplified with Ryan this year.

Potential Starting Combinations:

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack
SLB — Jake Ryan


  • Myles Jack stays at one position for longer than a season
  • Jaguars can get Jake Ryan on the field in some capacity


  • Rookie weak-side linebacker

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack

SLB — Josh Allen


  • Myles Jack at a consistent position
  • Josh Allen playing a primary role on defense
  • The speed at the LB position


  • Lack of experience at two LB spots
  • Myles Jack possibly not at “natural” position

WLB — Myles Jack
MLB — Jake Ryan

SLB — Josh Allen


  • Myles Jack moves back to his natural position
  • Jake Ryan offers veteran experience and leadership at MLB position
  • Josh Allen gains experience at linebacker in year one


  • Myles Jack moving positions again
  • Jake Ryan first-year Jaguars MLB coming off a torn ACL


The Jaguars may feel the best configuration for their initial starting lineup at linebacker will be to allow Myles Jack to start his contract year at middle linebacker. Jack — having a full year starting at MLB — will be much more comfortable and allow the Jaguars to have some continuity at the position for the first time in three years. This leaves Quincy Williams as the starter at weak-side linebacker in his rookie year.

Whether it be Jake Ryan starting out at SAM or Josh Allen, the Jaguars should be happy about the production coming from the strong-side linebacker position. Josh Allen may not start out right away due to being primarily in a pass-rushing role during his rookie year, however — with experience –, he may be able to give the Jaguars no choice in the matter.

The most uncomfortable part of this formation would be the Jaguars starting two rookies on their defense. Inexperience on the Jaguars defense could be their Achilles heel. If the Jaguars were to start both rookies at linebacker, the Jaguars would have a combined 10 starts between four starters in the Jaguars defense. Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison have started 10 games together.

Whatever the Jaguars choose initially with their starting combination at linebacker, it could very easily be changed before the regular season begins. The Jaguars did not want to have to make this many changes to their defense in such a short period, however, Telvin Smith has forced their hand.

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REPORT: Jaguars workout free agent RB Mike Gillislee

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) stiff arms Washington Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

As the Jaguars prepare to open up voluntary OTAs next week, they are still forming their ideal 90-man roster. A position which has been completely revamped has been the RB position. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars brought in former Patriots and Saints RB Mike Gillislee for a workout.

Gillislee most recently played for the New Orleans Saints only seeing action in four games accumulating 43 yards on 16 attempts and zero touchdowns. His most successful season came as a member of the Buffalo Bills where he accumulated 576 yards on 101 attempts and nine touchdowns.

The Jaguars attempted to sign him last year, however, he signed with the Saints. The Jaguars may want to simply do their due diligence on a running back they had a prior interest in, just in case.

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Jaguars 53-Man Roster Prediction: Undrafted city of the south?

Connor Neal



Sep 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A view of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium during the second half of a football game at EverBank Field.The Green Bay Packers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

May 9th was a busy day for the Jaguars. On top of Telvin Smith announcing that he will step away from football for the 2019 season, they also finalized their 90-man roster. I wanted to take a deeper dive into each position to see who will make the final roster. There is a lot of talent the Jaguars will have to part within these coming months.

I will be breaking down each position individually.

Quarterback (3): 

Nick Foles (Starter), Gardner Minshew (Backup), Alex McGough (3rd String)

The true battle here is between Alex McGough and Tanner Lee for a roster spot.

Runningback (4):

Leonard Fournette (Starter), Ryquell Armstead (Backup), Alfred Blue (3rd String), Benny Cunningham (4th String)

I believe Ryquell Armstead will earn the backup position to Leonard Fournette before the season starts. Once Fournette goes down with an injury, don’t be surprised if Armstead blows you away with his talent. Thomas Rawls isn’t likely to make the roster but the Jaguars could give him a roster spot over Benny Cunningham if they so choose.

Wide Receiver (6):

Dede Westbrook (Starter), Marqise Lee (Starter), Chris Conley (Starter), DJ Chark Jr (Backup), Keelan Cole (3rd String), Tyre Brady (4th String)

Tyre Brady is a player who could jeopardize Keelan Cole’s roster spot if he shines in rookie camp. Cole’s performance last year was disappointing, especially after he stood out as an undrafted rookie. Chris Conley, currently, is better than DJ Chark. DJ Chark has the potential to be a good starting wide receiver in the NFL, but he has to develop first.

Tight End (3):

Josh Oliver (Starter), Geoff Swaim (Backup), James O’Shaughnessy (3rd String)

Josh Oliver, Jaguars third-round pick out of San Jose State, will likely be the starter. However, because Oliver has virtually no blocking skills Geoff Swaim will be the lead blocking tight end on the team.

Offensive Tackle (4):

Cam Robinson (Starter), Jawaan Taylor (Starter), Will Richardson (Backup), Josh Wells (Backup)

There aren’t many surprises at this position. The Jaguars former second-round pick, Cam Robinson, and this year’s first-round pick, Jawaan Taylor, will be starters. Jawaan Taylor will compete with Will Richardson for the starting right tackle position. However, it shouldn’t be hard for Taylor to secure that starting spot.

Offensive Guard (4):

Andrew Norwell (Starter), AJ Cann (Starter), KC McDermott (Backup), Donnell Greene (Backup)

AJ Cann could make right guard the biggest need for the Jaguars this coming season. Cann is a bad offensive lineman, who will have the starting role because of lack of competition. It was surprising the Jaguars didn’t draft a guard during the 2019 NFL Draft. Keep an eye out for Donnell Greene, an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota.

Center (2):

Brandon Linder (Starter), Tyler Shatley (Backup)

Brandon Linder, a converted guard, has been outstanding thus far through his career as a center. His starting spot will not be at risk.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Calais Campbell (Starter), Marcell Dareus (Starter), Taven Bryan (Backup), Abry Jones (Backup), Dontavius Russell (3rd String)

In this scenario, I have the Jaguars pushing Calais Campbell inside to defensive tackle. If they chose to start Josh Allen at EDGE, Campbell should be pushed inside as he will beat out Taven Bryan with ease. It isn’t likely the Jaguars chose to do this, but if they do, their defensive line will be scary good.

Defensive End (4):

Yannick Ngakoue (Starter), Josh Allen (Starter), Dawuane Smoot (Backup), Lerentee McCray (Backup)

As I mentioned earlier, I have the Jaguars starting Josh Allen at EDGE instead of Campbell. If the Jaguars decide to start Campbell at EDGE, which is likely, Allen could start for the Jaguars at linebacker if they want to utilize him instantly.

Linebacker (5):

Myles Jack (Starter), Jake Ryan (Starter), Quincy Williams (Starter), Leon Jacobs (Backup), Joe Giles-Harris (Backup)

Quincy Williams, the shocking third-round pick, has a good chance to start since Telvin Smith will not play football in this upcoming season. If the Jaguars choose to play Josh Allen at linebacker, he would fit best at strong-side linebacker. So, they could shift Myles Jack over to weak-side linebacker and have Jake Ryan start at middle linebacker instead. If that happens, Quincy Williams will not start. Once Telvin Smith broke the news that he will not return this year, the chances of Joe Giles-Harris’s chances of making the roster skyrocketed. Giles-Harris is a player I personally would have been fine with the Jaguars taking in the third-round over Quincy Williams.

Cornerback (6): 

Jalen Ramsey (Starter), AJ Bouye (Starter), DJ Hayden (Starter), Quenton Meeks (Backup), Saivion Smith (Backup), Tre Herndon (3rd String)

The Jaguars starters here are incredible, that can’t be said about the depth. Quentin Meeks was an undrafted free agent last year who, last season, started in 1 game and played in 8. If the Jaguars chose to sign Saivion Smith and Tre Herndon after rookie camp, there would be 3 undrafted free agents that would be serving as the Jaguars depth. Two of those free agents, Meeks and Smith, were expected to be drafted in the mid rounds of their respective drafts.

Safety (4):

Ronnie Harrison (Starter), Jarrod Wilson (Starter), Cody Davis (Backup), Zedrick Woods (Backup)

Ronnie Harrison played great last season after he beat out Barry Church for the starting strong safety position. Jarrod Wilson is an intriguing player as he has only started 2 games for the Jaguar in his 3 years on the team. Free safety was a position many expected the Jaguars to address in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Jaguars felt safe with Wilson as the starting free safety. Wilson has the potential to be a good starter, but we will have to wait and see how he turns out.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo (Starter)

Punter (1):

Logan Cooke (Starter)

Long snapper (1):

Matt Overton (Starter)

Kick Returner:

DJ Chark (Starter)

Punt Returner:

Dede Westbrook (Starter)

Moves I wouldn’t be shocked to see happen:

QB: Tanner Lee as the 3rd string quarterback over Alex McGough.

RB: Thomas Rawls beating out Benny Cunningham for the 4th string running back position.

WR: The Jaguars dropping Keelan Cole and keeping undrafted free agents Tyre Brady or Dredrick Snelson to fill in his role as a 3rd string wide receiver.

OL: Donnell Greene beating out AJ Cann for the starting right guard position before the season is over with.

DL: The Jaguars utilizing Josh Allen at both EDGE and linebacker.

LB: Joe Giles-Harris starting at weak-side linebacker over Quincy Williams.

CB: The Jaguars signing undrafted free agent Tae Hayes over fellow undrafted free agent Tre Herndon as the 3rd string cornerback.

S: The Jaguars choosing to keep Andrew Wingard over the speedster, Zedrick Woods, as a backup safety.

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