Connect with us

Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 NFL Draft: Jaguars Three-Round Mock Draft 12/3

Zach Goodall

Published

on

Dec 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) celebrates with teammates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Even after the Cody Kessler-led Jaguars broke the Jacksonville Jaguars seven-game losing streak against the Indianapolis Colts yesterday in a 6-0 victory, nothing can prevent draft talk revolving around this 4-8 team.

Likely selecting in the top 10 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jaguars’ focus will be on the quarterback position, and fixing the offense. If General Manager Dave Caldwell sticks around, which I believe he will, it will be his second chance to fix the Jaguars QB position, which is rare to see with GMs these days. In that case, Caldwell will have to do everything in his power to land the right guy…

…Even if that means making a big move up the board to do so.

In this three round mock draft, as the Jaguars currently hold the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, I propose a trade-up option for the Jaguars to secure their QB.

1st round – 2nd overall: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

TRADE: Jacksonville sends 9th overall (1st rd.), 2020 first rd. pick, and DT Malik Jackson to Oakland for 2nd overall (1st rd.)

Remember when the Chicago Bears blew up the NFL Draft world two years ago, trading their third overall pick, plus two third-round picks and a fourth round pick, to San Francisco for the second overall pick to land their franchise QB on draft night?

The move has paid dividends, as Trubisky looks the part with 2469 yards, 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 10 games this year. In those games, the Bears are 7-3.

The Jaguars may be forced to move up for their QB as well. And unlike Chicago’s deal, the Jaguars would be moving up seven spots from the back end of the top 10 to the top-2. It would require quite the haul, but it’s one that could help the Jaguars financially in unloading Jackson’s $15 million cap hit. Jackson was benched in favor or Marcell Dareus against the Colts after losing snaps for the past couple weeks, so his time in Jacksonville appears limited as is.

All in all, moving up seven spots from the back end of the top-10 to second overall will likely costs at least two first round picks.

Haskins put on a show against the talented Northwestern defense this past weekend in the Big 10 Championship, recording 499 passing yards and five touchdowns. After doing a full scouting report on Haskins last week, I’m convinced he’s the best quarterback in this class, and could lift the Jaguars out of their QB conundrum that they’ve been in for years.

The redshirt sophomore doesn’t meet the Bill Parcells’ QB scouting thresholds that Tom Coughlin has mentioned using in the past, but Haskins could end up headlining a not-so-great 2019 QB class. As a likely top-10 pick himself, the Jaguars must find a way to avoid being behind the New York Giants, who almost certainly will be targeting a quarterback in April as well. This trade would do just that.

2nd round – 40th overall: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

After getting their quarterback in the first round, the Jaguars grab a receiver with insane length and a crazy catch radius. Johnson, the true junior out of Texas, provides exceptional size at 6-6, 220 lbs and the ability to make consistent contested catches – something the Jaguars have been missing since Allen Robinson left in free agency.

This season, Johnson has seen an explosion in his production. He has posted career highs with 65 receptions, 945 receiving yards, 14.5 yards per catch, and seven touchdowns: Johnson can be the big threat for the Jaguars that they so desperately need. You can read up on Johnson over at The Draft Network, with a scouting report from Trevor Sikkema here.

3rd round – 71st overall: Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

I’m not expecting Linddstrom to fall this far, but crazier things have happened and this is not considered to be the strongest interior OL class we’ve seen in a while. There should be a run on offensive tackles prior to the guards and centers coming off the board.

Lindstrom, at 6-4, 310 lbs, is an old-school power guard with fantastic hands to punch on down-run blocks. His feet are swift as a pass blocker when mirroring inside rushers but struggles against some power rushers. His bread and butter is run blocking, which meshes with what the Jaguars want from their offense – a power run game led by Leonard Fournette. Lindstrom can provide much better down-blocking at right guard than A.J. Cann ever has.

3rd round – 96th overall (from LAR): Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia

A local product hailing from the Ponte Vedra area in his middle school years, Nauta hasn’t ever gotten the usage a 5-star tight end normally would in an offense that relies on tight ends in their personnel. But when Nauta has been utilized, he has flashed legitimate NFL talent as a receiver and a blocker, most notably in the 2018 Florida-Georgia game and the 2018 SEC Championship game. In those two contests, the 6-4, 245 lb tight end combined for nine catches for 154 yards and a touchdown.

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

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

Continue Reading

Trending