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

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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.

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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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