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

Zach Goodall



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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Jaguars to open seven training camp practices to fans in 2019

Demetrius Harvey



Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) signs autographs during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today they will be opening seven practices during training camp to the public. The first four training camp practices will be open to the public. Practice on Saturday, July 27, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members and is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.

The team’s first practice in full pads will also be open to fans on Sunday, July 28 at 8:45 a.m. All seven of the Jaguars’ Florida Blue open practices are scheduled to take place at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on the northwest corner of TIAA Bank Field.


Thursday, July 25 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Friday, July 26 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Saturday, July 27 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Open exclusively to Jags 365 Season Ticket Members
Sunday, July 28 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Tuesday, July 30 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, August 1 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Fans are required to register here for each training camp session and tickets will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gates will open to fans at 8:15 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the start of practice.

Parking is available in Lots M and N, and concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase on-site Limited player autograph availability will occur following each practice.

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Jaguars 2019 position group breakdown: Running Backs

Brandon Carroll



Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs down the field during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Similar to their quarterback situation, the Jacksonville Jaguars have attempted to answer some questions in terms of the run game in this year’s offseason. Jacksonville went through a full remodel in an attempt to add veteran presence that can sustain the ground attack if injury strikes the team yet again in 2019. 

Two years ago, the Jaguars were a team that led the NFL in rushing at 527 attempts throughout the regular season. Nearly 50 carries ahead of any other team in the league. On those 527 attempted the Jaguars saw heights in production not seen since the Maurice Jones-Drew. 

That production staggered in yardage and overall sustainability of the offense with their lackluster quarterback play last season. This was all due to the injuries of star running back Leonard Fournette and the majority of the offensive line. Without Fournette, the Jaguars only accumulated half the yardage in 2018 Fournette produced in 2017 with T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde leading the affair. 

Being a strong part of the offensive system, the Jaguars win total saw a sharp decrease and the team swagger that carried them to the 2017 AFC playoffs had vanished.

Jacksonville looked to replenish their running back room and get back to the strong, effective run game they saw in 2017 that made them so successful. 

Adding Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and more through free agency, as well as, drafting former Temple running back, Ryquell Armstead the Jaguars made a good move in adding reliable to back up Fournette in the backfield. 

Projected Running Back Depth Chart:
*italicized indicates starter, underline indicates picked up via draft/free agency
Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Ryquell Armstead.

Leading the pack coming into 2019 is Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a player that has all the major attributes to be a star player in the NFL if he could just stay healthy. Fournette missed eight games last season and seven due to injury which caused the Jaguars offense to stall in his absence. 

He is a player that combines strong downhill running with game-breaking speed. Abilities not many can combine nevertheless replace. He is a generational talent who looks to return to his rookie form in 2019. 

Fournette looks to be getting back on track this season and “refocused on football.” Him being able to stay on the field will be a huge plus for a Jaguars team that has struggled offensively for many years. 

The next two players on the depth chart are veteran backs Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham. 

Blue being a signee from the Houston Texans roster and an experienced back who knows how to get yardage necessary to sustain drives. While receiving very little touches in the Houston offense he played the backup role well and was a reliable source of receiving out of the backfield.

Blue will be used more as a third-down back in the Jaguars offense. 

The same goes for Cunningham. Coming over from the Bears, which last season saw two top-caliber running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen sharing carries, Cunningham got lost in the shuffle. Cunningham is a great receiving threat out of the backfield and can play solid minutes in his role on his new team. 

Having two players that can play roles, and play them well is vital for any team in the NFL. Taking fatigue and potential injury into account getting Cunningham and Blue was one of the more important moves the Jaguars made this offseason. The Jaguars acquired two reliable backs for new quarterback Nick Foles to work with on downs where Fournette is not in the game. 

Next on the team’s depth chart is the Jaguars 2019 fifth-round pick out of Temple, Ryquell Armstead. In his senior year, Armstead scored 13 touchdowns and averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry. Armstead’s progression through his college career was a sight to see. After starting his career as a bulkier strong runner, Armstead slimmed down to become a more complete back and utilized his opportunity at Temple to make it to the NFL. 

Posting 2,987 yards and 34 touchdowns over his career, Armstead looks to carry on those impressive numbers at the next level. Armstead is a runner with great field vision and patience behind the line of scrimmage. He bursts through the open hole and is willing to lower the shoulder to gain extra yardage. Armstead says that he models his game after former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. 

He describes himself as an angry runner. “I run angry, I run violent. I look for contact— that’s something that makes me unique.” Armstead stated in an interview with CBS sports. 

The type of physical running Armstead brings to the table is something the Jaguars have had success within recent memory. That willingness to create contact and run hard for his team to succeed is an attribute any team would love to have with their running back. 

A player that very strongly resembles Leonard Fournette in terms of running style was a guy the Jaguars looked at as a potential steal in the fifth round. An aggressive, one-cut runner who can run over opponents or bounce it to the outside and take off down the sideline. 

Armstead had the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash among eligible running backs at the 2019 NFL combine at 4.49 seconds. Being a player with blazing speed mixed with a downhill running style, Armstead could see minutes directly behind Fournette later in the season. Armstead is an intriguing prospect but his development as a pass-catcher out of the backfield will need to improve for him to solidify the playing time this season. 

While the Jaguars have many running backs on the roster, all of them cannot stay. Unless there is a huge jump of progression when training camp starts later in the month, Thomas Rawls and Taj McGowan have very little shot of making the team. 

After last season, the Jaguars have done whatever it takes to assure they have depth at this position. Being able to provide multiple sources of production is important for any team. By providing this depth, the Jaguars hope it can get the job done and they can return to the success seen in the running game just two seasons ago. 

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REPORT: Jaguars to sign former WVU WR Marcus Simms

Demetrius Harvey



Oct 13, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Marcus Simms (8) runs the football against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move signing former West Virginia WR Marcus Simms according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Simms was slated to participate in the supplemental draft after filing the paperwork on June 20th.

Simms will make for interesting competition for the Jaguars as we inch closer to training camp. Simms accumulated 87 receptions for 1457 yards and eight touchdowns in his three-year career at West Virginia. Simms has also made his name known in the return game totaling 992 yards as a kick returner. According to reports, Simms ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4-4.49 seconds, with a vertical jump of 36″, a broad jump of 10-2 and three-cone time of 6.91 seconds. After his physical tomorrow, the Jaguars will have to make a corresponding move.

Simms will look to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster position with players such as Terrelle Pryor and Keelan Cole. If the Jaguars intend on retaining six receivers Simms will have a good shot at making the roster. By all accounts, Simms was a draftable player.

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