Friend of LockedOnJaguars.com Riley Auman of the Tampa Bay Times attended the East-West Shrine Game this past weekend to cover the annual college all-star game, and wrote of seven prospects who’s stocks are on the uptick after a solid week at the St. Petersburg prospect game for us.
This week in St. Petersburg, the some of the best college prospects from around the country competed in the East-West Shrine Game to practice for NFL scouts. While the Reese’s Senior Bowl usually ends up with the cream of the crop of upperclassmen, plenty of players from the Shrine Game every year make an early impact in the NFL—last year, Phillip Lindsay went on to finish ninth in the league in rushing with the Denver Broncos. Let’s dive into some guys who improved their stock this week.
Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M (6’1” 325)
As a former five-star recruit, Mack isn’t the type you would expect to see at the Shrine Game, but he was a treat to watch all week. After struggling to develop pass rush moves in his first three years in College Station, a coaching change to Jimbo Fisher in his senior season proved to be exactly what Mack needed, as he totaled 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a rotational piece of the Aggies. Mack dominated in 1v1 drills all week, winning nearly all his reps against offensive linemen and showing a lot of violent hand usage to boot. He was one of the players from the event every year who earns a call-up to the Senior Bowl and will look to continue to impress scouts there next week.
Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska (5’11” 219)
Ozigbo was one of the players I was most excited to see this week in practice and he did not disappoint at all. After a senior season breakout with Scott Frost in which he ran for upwards of a thousand yards and 12 touchdowns, he arrived in St. Petersburg as one of the most highly-regarded players in attendance. All week throughout practice, Ozigbo showed off an explosiveness in his cuts and flashed a nice receiving ability in drills. He makes a ton of sense at the next level as a scat back and a player who might slip through the cracks to Day 3 in the draft and be a great value pick for a team.
Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas (6’3” 290)
Wise was the most dominant player I saw in practices after having the most questions about him entering the week as a defender coming from the adjusted play style of the Big 12. He showed off a quickness and motor that not many other players matched this week and created a ton of positive buzz around his name for NFL scouts. Teams will likely look at Wise as a three-technique in the league (although he played in a variety of spots for the Jayhawks) and he has a chance to follow the likes of P.J. Hall (Raiders), Deadrin Senat (Falcons), and Poona Ford (Seahawks) as interior defensive linemen who have gone high or made an early impact in the NFL coming from the Shrine Game.
BJ Blunt, LB, McNeese State (6’0″, 203)
Blunt was a guy who wasn’t on my radar at all going into the week, but he sure made made a name for himself in practices. Blunt’s motor is on for every rep and he has rang in coverage to cover ground when needed. Despite his subpar size at 203 pounds, Blunt makes a lot of sense for today’s NFL as a dime defender (he was a safety at JUCO before he arrived at McNeese) and can work through contact to make plays in the backfield. In the game saturday, Blunt made plenty of plays, including a diving interception. He’s a ton of fun to watch and after every play he daps up the closest defender to him, the kind of player any football team should want. Next up for him is getting an NFL Combine invite so he can get attention from other teams.
Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia (5’11”, 168)
Godwin was a part of a talented offensive unit with the Bulldogs and his production took a hit as a result, but he showed off a good ability in practice throughout the week to catch the ball in traffic and accelerate afterwards to get yards after the catch. In the game, Godwin made the most of DaMarkus Lodge and KeeSean Johnson sitting out and caught two touchdowns for the East team. Despite below average size, he has a knack for getting open down the field and should be a Day 3 target for teams moving forward.
Olisaemeka Udoh, OT, Elon (6’5″, 337)
Coming in from a small school, Udoh showed off his arm length and power in 1v1 reps all week and earned the call up to the Senior Bowl after Yodny Cajuste pulled out of the event. While still plenty raw, Udoh is now firmly on the radar as a developmental candidate for NFL teams and will have a chance to continue to show off his talent against greater competition in Mobile next week.
KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State (6’1″, 196)
Although he has no relation to the former NFL star, Johnson entered the week following 1,000 yard seasons with the Bulldogs in his junior and senior seasons and a chance to prove himself against better competition. He certainly did that, winning nearly all of his plays 1v1 against cornerbacks and showing off quick footwork to create separation at the line of scrimmage and make plays downfield, along with reliable hands not prone to drops. He sat out of the game on Saturday with nothing else to prove and can continue to improve his draft status moving forward at the NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Draft: Locked On Jaguars Mock Draft 1.0
The 2018 NFL season is officially over, and the draft order has been set. Although free agency is a very popular topic, the NFL draft is arguably more popular, and what a better way to express that than yet another mock draft?
While there will be many Jaguars-centric mock drafts from this website, we decided to take a crack at the entirety of the first round with the majority of our contributors. We split up the mock draft in seven parts with each person getting 4-5 picks.
Prior to the draft, we decided to change it up a little by including no trades in the draft itself, however, we did have one pre-draft trade. The Arizona Cardinals sent Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their first round pick (15th overall).
So without further adieu, I present to you the Locked On Jaguars Mock Draft 1.0:
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Christopher Thornton: Let’s blow the roof off this [redacted] place.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Zach Goodall: Duh.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, UK
Noah Thomas: Allen is probably the second-best edge rusher after Bosa, and it is only fitting he goes one pick later.
4. Oakland Raiders: Brian Burns, EDGE, FSU
Zak Dewitt: The Raiders desperately need a pass rushing presence off of the edge after getting rid of Mack last year. Burns provides elite bend at that position.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Demetrius Harvey: The Buccaneers took a defensive tackle in the first round last year, and they will quite possibly do so again this year if Williams falls to them. He possesses incredible strength in the interior to hold up against the run and provides a more than adequate pass rush to boot. He’s a slam dunk pick for the Bucs considering their situation with Gerald McCoy who is a potential cap casualty this offseason.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Ruairi Songer: As much as I would like Haskins to fall to the Jaguars, I just don’t think the Giants would let that happen without the Jaguars having to trade up. Haskins is a very efficient pocket passer, who would be an immediate upgrade over an aging Eli Manning. This will also allow the Giants to fully utilize weapons such as Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Dylan Goldman: I know this pick might not be the “sexy” pick, but without the two best QBs in the draft available, the Jaguars can plug another vacant hole here. Hockenson can fill the void left by Austin Seferian-Jenkins (if they do not pick up his option) at an already weak position for the Jags.
8. Detroit Lions: Jachai Polite, EDGE, UF
Christopher Thornton: Detroit lands one of the best edge rushers in the class to finally give them a longterm edge rusher with Ansah likely gone in free agency.
9. Buffalo Bills: N’Keal Harry, WR, ASU
Zach Goodall: The Buffalo Bills badly need to add weapons for second-year QB Josh Allen. While D.K Metcalf is widely viewed as WR1, he is fresh off of a neck injury that could move him down draft boards. Harry provides excellent size at 6-4, and athleticism to win contested matchups and create yards after the catch in the short game.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Noah Thomas: Everyone seems to be placing Lock and Elway together in a marriage. This pick is a little bit of dot connecting and need. Drew Lock is likely the third QB picked regardless.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
Zak Dewitt: With the Bengals looking to move on from Burfict, they desperately need a hard hitter in the middle and White will do well in today’s NFL.
12. Green Bay Packers: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Demetrius Harvey: Montez Sweat might have improved his draft stock tremendously at the senior bowl, and what better of a team to draft him than the Packers. For years they have lacked an edge rusher to match the production of Clay Matthews and now that Matthews is getting a little older, it is time for them to invest.
13. Miami Dolphins: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Ruairi Songer: Greedy Williams would be an excellent addition to a rapidly maturing Dolphins secondary. Adding Williams would allow the Dolphins to have more flexibility with Minkah Fitzpatrick, and would give Xavien Howard a dynamic counterpart.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Dylan Goldman: Ed Oliver is a physical freak, who Atlanta would be lucky to get and plug their hole at defensive tackle.
15. Arizona Cardinals (via WAS): Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama
Christopher Thornton: Arizona’s OL was a mess for Rosen and the Cardinals offense last year. Now, after drafting another QB top 5, they look to actually protect him and get a line for David Johnson. Williams comes in and starts day one at either left tackle or left guard.
16. Carolina Panthers: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Zach Goodall: Panthers badly need to address their offensive line, across the board. Risner is a durable, experienced offensive lineman who can play center, right guard, and right tackle and is relatively scheme universal.
17. Cleveland Browns: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Noah Thomas: Byron Murphy would be an excellent pairing with Denzel Ward. The Browns can afford this luxury after finally getting their quarterback last year.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Zak Dewitt: The Vikings will likely run the ball more in 2019 and Cousins needs a good OL to prosper. Ford gives them a great right tackle that could play guard if needed.
19. Tennessee Titans: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Demetrius Harvey: Mullen is the type of cornerback to perfectly fit in with Mike Vabrel and the Tennessee Titans defense. He offers enough length and physicality to match up against big corners and enough quickness in the short area to match the quick-twitch receivers in the AFC South.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Ruairi Songer: The Pittsburgh secondary desperately needs help, and luckily for them, Baker falls right into their lap at pick 20. Baker isn’t the flashiest corner, but he is technically refined and does a good job at diagnosing routes. His lack of athleticism is extremely exaggerated, as he should test as a middle of the road athlete. Baker should be able to contribute right away and should be a solid starter for years to come.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Dylan Goldman: The Seahawks need to keep rebuilding their ever-changing defense, and Lawrence –who was a huge part of Clemson’s dynamic defense over the past few years– could really help them.
22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Christopher Thornton: It seems the Ravens have been chasing that elusive WR1 for years now and they might *finally* find their man. D.K Metcalf is my WR1 and the Ravens front office should be sprinting to the podium if Metcalf is there at 22.
23. Houston Texans: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Zach Goodall: Much like my Carolina pick, Houston might need OL more than any team in this draft to protect Deshaun Watson. Taylor is a highly athletic right tackle who improved drastically this past season at UF, and he can take over right tackle duties as Kendall Lamm’s contract is up. Lamm also allowed the 2nd most pressures across the Texans OL in 2018.
24. Oakland Raiders: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Noah Thomas: Daniel Jones has to go somewhere, and Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden seemed to be very impressed with the Duke alum during the senior bowl. If the Raiders decide to get rid of Carr soon, they need someone to take over. Having three first round picks doesn’t hurt either.
25. Philidelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississipi State
Zak Dewitt: The bread and butter of the Eagles defense the past couple of years has been their defensive line. They add a top 10 prospect who just happens to play a “devalued” position.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Demetrius Harvey: Besides T.Y. Hilton, the Colts have basically nobody at receiver. Butler’s stocks have been rising throughout the league, and the Colts would be pleasantly surprised if he fell to them at 26. Butler offers the size and catch radius to be Luck’s go-to receiver and complements Hilton’s quickness very well.
27. Oakland Raiders: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Ruairi Songer: The lifeless Oakland Raiders offense is in need of some playmaking wide receivers, and Jordy Nelson, Marcell Ateman, and Brandon LaFell won’t cut it. Enter Marquise Brown, the electrifying speedster out of Oklahoma, and cousin of NFL superstar Antonio Brown. Marquise is an impressive route runner, and possess elite speed and acceleration. If small size doesn’t impede his NFL development, he should be able to become a playmaker for Derek Carr (or any Quarterback) and company immediately.
28. Los Angelas Chargers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Dylan Goldman: Mack Wilson was an integral part of Alabama’s dominant defense in 2017 and 2018, and Wilson is an intriguing player to help bolster old friend Gus Bradley’s defense in Los Angelas.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Christopher Thornton: The Chiefs had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last year, somewhat neutralizing the powerhouse of an offense they had at times. Thompson is an athletic pure safety that should fill in beautifully next to FS Eric Berry if he ever returns to his old self.
30. Green Bay Packers: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Zach Goodall: I can’t stop lovin’ on this OL class. Aaron Rodgers should bounce back with an innovative offensive mind in Matt LaFleur as head coach, but he needs two new guards to give him time to throw. Lindstrom is the best pure guard in this class.
31. Los Angelas Rams: Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon
Noah Thomas: Jalen Jelks is a project, but given how his senior bowl went, he could easily be the guy who makes it to the bottom of round one. He brings a versatility to the Rams defensive line which will need to be revamped given their salary cap situation coming up.
32. New England Patriots: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Zak Dewitt: Ferrell will give the Patriots a solid rusher off the edge who will allow them to still be creative with their defense.
2019 Senior Bowl: Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Fits
So, the Senior Bowl just ended and now it’s time to dissect it. Sadly, I wasn’t there to watch the week of practices. Luckily, Twitter is a great (and awful) thing, and it’s easy to follow along with the practices and catch clips of player drills.
Now though, I’m just focusing on a few players that the Jaguars have shown interest in and how their fit with the Jaguars would affect them from a fantasy perspective. These won’t be scouting reports, as much as they’ll just be analysis on how the player landing with the Jaguars will affect that player’s fantasy stock. These articles will have a dynasty fantasy football focus to them, as these players are rookies.
I want to preface with this… We don’t know who will be leading the Jaguars at QB next season and that puts a damper on the offense and makes it hard to project out any player on that side of the ball. Pair that with the fact that the Jaguars will likely be a run-first offense again, and that lessens any volume that the passing game would get.
The offensive philosophy could change with the addition of new OC John DeFilippo, who is known to favor the passing game over the running game. Replacing QB Blake Bortles could also allow the team to open things up as well but with Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone at the helm, I’ll believe the offensive change when I see it.
South Carolina WR, Deebo Samuel, 5’11” 216lbs
The most important player in my eyes, from a fantasy perspective last week, was South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel.
Deebo Samuel tells me he has met with the #Jaguars, and that teams have begun talking to him about his ability to play all three WR positions and on all special teams units.
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 24, 2019
I was ecstatic when I found out the Jaguars were interested in Samuel. This team needs a WR that can consistently separate. Samuel does a lot really well. I almost see him as a little bigger, but a little slower, Keke Coutee. I don’t mean that as a bad thing either, as I was relatively high on Keke Coutee and thought he had good footwork, nuance, and could separate well. Deebo Samuel showed elite separation during the Senior Bowl with great footwork and an excellent release.
My goodness, Deebo Samuel, you didn’t have to do him like THAT 😧😧 pic.twitter.com/7xLhwTXyJm
— The Draft Network (@DraftNetworkLLC) January 24, 2019
He was consistently turning DBs around and he definitely understands leverage. The biggest thing I’m looking for in a WR is their ability to separate and create an open window for a QB to throw into. Samuel showcased that ability in spades this weekend.
5’11” 216… I saw the clip of Deebo Samuel running off on a db… now this.. lol this stuff shows up when you watch his games too.. pic.twitter.com/RuXvVlhbMX
— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) January 23, 2019
Samuel also displayed good yards after the catch (YAC) ability at the Senior Bowl and in college, which carries weight to me in the Jaguars system because they run a heavy amount of crossing routes where having the ability to gain YAC is extremely beneficial. Dede Westbrook showed this last year.
Deebo Samuel has said he’s met with teams and discussed his ability to play all three WR positions and I do believe he could. He’s shown that he doesn’t struggle to get off press coverage and he ran a full route tree at South Carolina. I do think he’d best out of the slot though. The issue with that is the Jaguars have multiple WRs that can or should run out of the slot, so Samuel may be forced to play X or Y if drafted by the Jaguars.
A big knock on Deebo Samuel will be his production profile. He never posted 900 yards or more in a season and he maxed out at 62 catches in a season. A lot of this can be attributed to absurdly poor QB play and playing with another good WR prospect in Bryan Edwards. Samuel has also only played in 10+ games twice in his career, his sophomore year and senior year, after breaking his leg his junior year.
Deebo Samuel compared himself to Golden Tate and I can understand that. Samuel is great after the catch, like Tate, and is also a great separator. Similar to Tate, I don’t expect Samuel to put up absurd numbers at the Combine. Tate didn’t test too well at all, save for his 40 yard dash time. Samuel should test better than Tate overall, with maybe a slightly slower 40 time.
Speaking strictly for fantasy, I wouldn’t expect a ton of production in Year 1, as the offense will likely be new and the team will have a new QB. But, in Year 2 or 3, you could see a breakout. He would’ve built rapport with the new QB and if operating out of the slot, he could turn into a PPR machine like his own comp, Golden Tate.
He also showed an ability to be a redzone threat, as he scored 11 touchdowns his senior year. The Jaguars have lacked a consistent redzone threat after missing Allen Robinson the past two seasons. Samuel pairs a stocky frame, good play strength, and great separation to win in the redzone which is obviously good for fantasy. Some great PPR WRs aren’t always good TD scorers but this could be a different case with Samuel who could pair high reception/low yardage totals with consistent TD production as well.
South WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina) showing some moves in one-on-one red zone. pic.twitter.com/dygTs03Brq
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) January 24, 2019
From a dynasty fantasy football perspective, let’s compare Samuel to Coutee, who I’ve said I see in a similar light. Coutee was a 4th round NFL draft pick, while I expect Samuel to be a Day 2 pick and likely a 2nd rounder. In dynasty rookie drafts, Coutee often went at the 3rd/4th round turn. I expect Samuel to go in the 2nd round of dynasty rookie drafts.
He should be drafted higher in the NFL Draft than Coutee and will likely carry more offseason hype than Coutee. Although I do see them as similar players, I think Samuel provides quite a bit more upside than Coutee. Coutee landed on a team with the best WR in the game, DeAndre Hopkins. If Samuel landed on the Jaguars, the only established WR he’d be competing with is Dede Westbrook and they provide different skillsets. I’d be thrilled to land Samuel in the 2nd round of my rookie draft.
Ohio State WR, Terry McLaurin, 6’0″ 205lbs
Another Senior Bowl standout last week was Terry McLaurin. For me at least, this was the first I heard of him. He burst onto the scene though and made a name for himself in practices.
OSU WR Terry McLaurin has told me he has met with the #Jaguars and plans on meeting with them again before the week is over
— Cold Taek Chris (@mistochristopho) January 22, 2019
The Jaguars meeting with McLaurin is not surprising to me. He’s blazing fast, which the Jaguars have shown to prioritize, and he played with QB Dwayne Haskins and the Jaguars will want to have different perspectives on the QB.
As far as the speed factor is concerned, the two WRs that the Jaguars have drafted the last two years were both speedsters. Dede Westbrook ran a 4.34 at his pro day and D.J. Chark ran a 4.34 at the NFL combine. Coincidentally, McLaurin has said he plans to run a 4.35 or faster. Speed is very much a game changer in the NFL and if you have three WRs on the same team that can all blow past DBs, that makes the defense’s job that much harder.
McLaurin is much more than a speed guy though. He’s a more complete WR than a guy that only excels at blowing by DBs. He showed quick feet, a consistently clean release, a great route tree, and a good ability to manipulate DBs. Seeing traits like this from a WR with blazing speed is encouraging because it means there are multiple ways he can win and separate.
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 24, 2019
In addition to using a clean release and good footwork to turn around the DB on this rep, he also shows a great ability to track the ball and get both feet in bounds in the end zone.
There are areas where McLaurin struggles though, and the biggest one I noticed was ball skills and contested catch ability. He tends to allow the ball to come into his body and doesn’t extend his arms to reach out and pluck the ball. He has the necessary vertical ability to leap up and catch the ball but will still let himself body catch it. We saw this issue with D.J. Chark in college as well.
Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin with the contested catch through contact pic.twitter.com/PRPF34entb
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 26, 2019
McLaurin makes the contested catch in this rep among 3 different DBs, which is impressive but we still see the same issue where he allows the ball to come into his chest rather than fully extending and plucking the ball out of the air.
Similar to Samuel, McLaurin lacks an outstanding production profile. His senior year this last year, he posted his best year in college statistically. He had an absurd 20 yards per reception and put up 11 touchdowns. His lack of production could be explained by Ohio State’s deep WR room, or by Ohio State’s run first offense under past QBs. McLaurin has managed to stay healthy throughout his college career, playing 12 or more games the last three seasons of his college career. A lackluster production profile such as his, will certainly affect his draft stock, especially since there aren’t injuries to blame.
For fantasy, similar to Samuel, I wouldn’t expect fantasy relevant production from McLaurin in Year 1. There is another potential scenario though, where the Jaguars draft Dwayne Haskins and pair him with McLaurin. Then, Haskins and McLaurin may carry over their rapport from college and we could some relevant fantasy games from McLaurin in Year 1.
McLaurin already has close to pro-ready route running and the ability to fill multiple different roles in an offense. I think his role would be operating out of the slot but not as a PPR machine, like Samuel. McLaurin will likely still be a mid-level to deep threat at the next level but his route running and speed will allow to get open easier than some one-trick deep threats. McLaurin may be a little boom/bust for fantasy but that’s the nature of low reception/high yardage players.
I don’t see a specific player when I watch McLaurin so I’m not going to pick a random player to compare rookie draft ADP with. I think he’ll either be drafted somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round of the NFL Draft which isn’t great for his NFL and fantasy projection but it’s not a death sentence.
I don’t think he’ll blow up the combine, with the exception of the speed drills, so he won’t garner too much hype from that. He’ll likely fall into the 3rd round of dynasty rookie drafts if drafted by the Jaguars and most picks in that range are lottery tickets anyways. He does carry upside with him based on his blazing speed and adept route running but with my projection of his draft stock, you’re still taking a gamble. He would be walking into a pretty unestablished WR room in Jacksonville though, which is good for his chances.
North Dakota State, RB, Bruce Anderson, 5’11” 209lbs
This’ll be a short and sweet blurb but I’d be interested if the Jaguars looked at a guy like Anderson in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. He didn’t see a heavy workload at North Dakota State but he made the most of his opportunities. He’s a great pass catcher and a solid runner as well. In contrast to a lot of great pass catching backs that are smaller in stature, Anderson is built pretty well. He showed good route running ability out of the backfield in practices last week and showed in college the ability to dust LBs.
His pass protection isn’t good which may hurt him as a primary pass catching back but he makes up for it in his ability to get open and work in open space.
He wouldn’t be relevant for fantasy unless the Jaguars move on from Leonard Fournette but in that case, the Jaguars are most likely drafting a RB higher than where Anderson deserves to go. Nonetheless, he’s someone I’ll be keeping an eye on.
2019 Senior Bowl: Jacksonville Jaguars Scouting Notebook
The 2019 Senior Bowl is in the books, and after attending the practices and watching the game, it’s time to break down all aspects of the major scouting week and how they apply to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This scouting notebook will be broken down into several sections: Senior Bowl prospects the Jaguars should target, a breakdown of the quarterbacks, prospect meetings, one-liners, and a Jaguars Senior Bowl-only mock draft.
Just for context: When Day 2 of practice was closed from the media due to weather, Filip Prus of Locked On Jaguars/Optimum Scouting, Riley Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, and I spent about eight hours in the Senior Bowl coaches film room, extensively studying Day 1 and 2 practice tape and putting together our thoughts and observations. The analysis to follow mainly comes from my takeaways during those sessions, as well as some from the Day 3 and game broadcast.
Senior Bowl prospects who the Jaguars should target
Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
The 51-straight game starter was a big winner in Mobile. Despite measuring in ever-so-slightly undersized compared to NFL guards at 6-3 3/4, 303 lbs, Lindstrom’s arm length – 34 1/8″ – was a big win for the Boston College prospect.
When on the practice field, Lindstrom did work as a run blocker. His lower body power mixed with active feet drove defenders left and right consistently to open gaps in the run game. He routinely executed perfect combo blocks with right tackle Dalton Risner, ripping the right shoulder of the 3-tech and pushing off the responsibility to Risner before quickly getting to the second level and sealing the lane from linebackers. Lindstrom also had several impressive seal blocks when working on outside zone, crossing outside of the 3-tech and attacking the left shoulder, one play opened a gap in perfect time for RB Karan Higdon to cut through and break into open field.
In pass protection, there were times where you’d want to see Lindstrom utilize more extension with his lengthy arms, but that was more in 1v1 drills rather than team exercises. He did display a powerful punch when timed correctly, great mirroring with his active feet, and solid recovery when he would lose on an initial speed rush move.
Lindstrom likely played his way into the first round in Mobile, and will probably be considered iOL1. However, if he falls into the second round – assuming the Jaguars can hold onto 38th overall as they search for a quarterback – Lindstrom would be a home-run selection as A.J. Cann’s replacement at right guard.
RG Chris Lindstrom was the best OL today. This unit was great but Lindstrom was the best.
*Hook on the zone run
*Combo, Upkick thru to BS LB
*Widens hole then climbs
*Skip pull and delivers a shot (Ledbetter didn’t want any)
*Perfect combo w Bradbury
— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) January 27, 2019
Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon
A defensive player that should be a “must-target” for the Jaguars? Yes, hear me out.
Jelks fits the Jaguars one-gap “big-end” position – a 5-technique defensive end who’s a primary run-stopper and offers a power-presence in the pass rush. Calais Campbell currently fills the position, but despite his fantastic production over the past two seasons, he isn’t getting any younger – he will be 33 before the 2019 season kicks off. The Jaguars went looking for an heir to Campbell last year when they drafted Taven Bryan in the first round and moved him to DE, however that project didn’t work too well. Bryan got moved back to defensive tackle midseason, and now serves as the heir to Malik Jackson.
So, despite huge needs across the board on offense, “big-end” could very well be a target-position for Jacksonville once again this year, and Jelks’ athletic profile and Senior Bowl performance could have put himself on the Jaguars radar. He came in at 6-5 1/2, 250 lbs, with 33 7/8″ arms and 9 1/2″ hands. He’s a bit lanky, but lengthy, and extremely athletic. Jelks recorded 15.5 sacks, 30 tackles for loss, and 11 batted passes at Oregon.
— DLineVids (@DLineVids) January 26, 2019
Above, Jelks is playing inside and displays burst off the line and violent hand usage to create pressure. While I believe with his length that he’s capable of putting on weight without slowing down, his size is best suited at defensive end. He also already plays with a lot of power, and with added beef, he could play even stronger at the next level.
When someone tells you that you’re only an edge rusher.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) January 23, 2019
Jelks has several pass rush moves, can seal edges vs. the run and provides the type of burst Jacksonville likes out of their draft-pick pass rushers (See: Bryan), but his weight, some technique issues that need refining, and the lack of a pass rush plan will drop him down boards. He’s a true project-player, but he’s the type of project the Jaguars are in a great position to take on. He fits their style, he wouldn’t start until at least the second, and probably even third, year of his career until Campbell really slows down, and would receive great training from Campbell himself. In an ideal world, Jelks would become a full-time starter at “big end” in his third season, standing at a muscular 270 lbs.
Much like a Lindstrom selection, it all depends on what picks the Jaguars have on draft night in their pursuit of a quarterback. But let’s assume they hold onto all four of their picks in the first three rounds. If that’s the case, the Jaguars first 3rd round pick (69th overall) would be the sweet spot for Jelks, after landing a QB and an offensive lineman with their first two picks, and another third rounder to follow and use on an offensive prospect again.
Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Another offensive lineman who should be on the Jaguars radar, Risner put on a show as well in Mobile. While there have been debates on his best position fit considering he played right tackle and center in college, Risner is on record saying he while he will play wherever he’s asked to, he feels most comfortable at right tackle, and his 6-4 5/8, 308, 34 1/4″ arms and 10 5/8″ hands are solid measurements for the position.
Risner played with a mean streak all week, putting opposing pass rushers in the dirt and displaying a violent punch at initial contact and through his pass sets. With his right guard partner-in-crime Chris Lindstrom, the two consistentoy executed combo blocks where they double-teamed rushers, and eventually the responsibility of the rusher went solely to Risner as Lindstrom moved to the second level. These types of blocks require great processing speed, hand usage, and chemistry with the guard, and Risner displayed all three of these aspects – the chemistry with Lindstrom despite never playing with him before the Senior Bowl being the most impressive and speaks to his “team-player” mentality.
Risner might have locked himself into the first round in Mobile, as his versatility, experience, technique and mean streak will boost his stock and might put him in discussion for OT1, which carries more draft value than interior offensive line. That puts him out of range for the Jaguars 38th overall pick, but if he’s somehow still available at their second round selection and they view him as a guard or want to add competition at right tackle, Risner, like Lindstrom, would be a no-brainer pick.
— Pete Francis (@Pete_Francis) January 23, 2019
Foster Moreau, TE, Louisiana State
Moreau is widely regarded as a blocking tight end by draftniks, and up until the Senior Bowl I was in that camp. He simply didn’t show much on film, nor on the stat-sheet, that displayed a ton of promise for him as a dominant receiving tight end in the NFL.
But this is what the Senior Bowl is all about: Putting your skills on display while under the microscope of NFL talent evaluators, and Moreau put on a show. Starting off at weigh-ins, Moreau came in at 6-4 and 1/4, 250, with 33 3/4″ arms and 9 7/8″ hands – He looks like your prototype tight end, and he utilized that size to win as an in-line blocker and at H-back.
While he primarily played in-line at LSU, he told me that he has been working on his ability to block in space – an H-back responsibility. Jaguars new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo knows a thing or two about H-backs, as he was on staff that saw TE Trey Burton rise to success at the position in Philadelphia. Considering Moreau played well at H-back as well as in-line in Mobile with DeFilippo as well as several members of the Jaguars staff in attendance, it’s safe to say he’s on their radar. They met with Moreau as well.
But beyond blocking, Moreau consistently won contested catch battles during practices. While he is a little stiff out of his in-line stance, he separated decently to get open in the middle of the field and showed off solid body control to win jump balls vs. defenders near the boundary, utilizing sure-hands and not relying on his body to catch the ball. Moreau also displayed violence with his hands at the cushion of a man-coverage defender, which is a good trait to have against press.
Moreau is considered a Day 3 prospect, as he doesn’t possess great athleticism and carries the “blocking TE” tag, but his performance at the Senior Bowl certainly made me comfortable for him to be the Jaguars second 3rd round pick (the NFL may not agree with me due to his athleticism and how deep the TE class is), as they badly need to address the TE position. He fits the Jaguars mold and has potential beyond what we’ve seen from him at LSU as a receiver.
— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) January 24, 2019
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
The Jaguars met with Terry McLaurin of Ohio State early and often during the Senior Bowl, and considering he was regarded as a Day 3 prospect heading into Mobile, my early assumption was these meetings were held to do dig up some background info on his teammate, QB Dwayne Haskins, who is a top-10 lock for the upcoming NFL Draft.
However, McLaurin put on a show during practices as well. He displayed elite long-speed which allowed him to separate well when he broke cushion against man coverage defenders and in 1v1 drills.
In case you were concerned, Terry McLaurin is still owning the Senior Bowl. pic.twitter.com/WkAwqLc5Fu
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 24, 2019
He also showed off short/intermediate route running prowess, with clean cuts and footwork to beat defenders to the middle of the field. The ability to win routes in the short/intermediate middle of the field is a vital part of the offense the Jaguars have run in the past, and while it is yet to be seen if DeFilippo will change the pass game philosophy drastically, West Coast receiving traits are great traits to have. And McLaurin has them.
Terry McLaurin, WR OSU, May have made himself the most money this weekend.
Clean releases off the LoS all week, suddenly breaks, and has shown strong hands when targeted. Also a ST/gunner ace in drills. pic.twitter.com/xiQFEXON4q
— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) January 24, 2019
The cherry on top: Despite measuing in at 6-0 flat, just under average WR size, with 32″ arms (right about the 50th percentile among NFL WRs), McLaurin made some contested catches during the week that caught the eyes of scouts and media alike. He looked like an all-around receiver and his stock is soaring after a great week in Mobile.
Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin with the contested catch through contact pic.twitter.com/PRPF34entb
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 26, 2019
The Jaguars need to add a boundary, contested catch receiver more than any other type, but McLaurin appears to have the skill-set that, with coaching, could turn into that type of receiver on top of his West Coast and deep threat ability.
Oli Udoh, OL, Elon
That’s Jermey Parnell-clone Olisaemeka Udoh, to you.
Udoh, the son of Nigerian immigrants who own a medical clinic, went to Elon for the free education on a football scholarship he earned in order to follow his parents suit in the medical field. He gained a ton of (unhealthy) weight in college, at one time weighing 384 lbs, but when the NFL came calling, he began to eat healthier and has transformed into a legitimate NFL prospect along the way. You can read a feature on Udoh’s background and path to the NFL Draft in this article from Greg Auman of The Athletic here.
Now, Udoh stands at legitimate right tackle size, and while he’s cut down on a ton of weight, he still possesses some elite measurements. He stands at 6-5 3/4, 327 lbs (with a goal of 320 by the NFL Combine), with 36″ arms and 10″ hands. That arm length would be good for t-11th longest in the NFL among tackles since 1999.
He’s certainly got some technical issues that must be addressed, including controlling his pad level and hand usage when taking on pass rushers in space, but he plays with a ton of strength and active feet that make him very intriguing, paired with his size. He’s going to be a Day 3 pick unless he blows away the Combine, but the size/trait combo is enticing and he has all the potential to be an NFL starter with the correct grooming.
Oli Udoh: Jermey Parnell clone.
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 27, 2019
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Deebo Samuel had an electric week in Mobile as well. He started off at weigh-ins coming in slightly under six feet at 5-11 and a 1/2, 216 lbs, with nice 32 1/2″ arms and big hands at 10 1/8″. Those hands were on display all week, as Samuel only dropped one ball and it was on a pass thrown slightly behind him on a crossing route – hard to blame him.
Samuel wanted teams to know that, while his preference is the slot, he can and will play every WR position there is, and he proved that at the Senior Bowl. His long speed isn’t great, but he ran clean routes to the short, intermediate, and deep field in every practice. Plus, his sharp footwork literally had analysts and scouts “whewww”-ing in the film room.
Deebo Samuel’s foot speed is disgusting… pic.twitter.com/6dYpe7BSXt
— Jake (@SeedsofJake) January 22, 2019
Samuel also spent time returning kicks and punts in special teams exercises, and discussed that he was used as a punt team gunner during his time at South Carolina. The week he had in practice on top of his proven versatility is certainly shooting him up draft boards, however, Jacksonville could use a more dominant outside receiver rather than a slot guy, and while I believe Samuel is capable of the former, he seems to want to play the latter.
But hey, I’m not making the decisions here. If Jacksonville has a range they want to grab a receiver and want to add the best receiver available, Samuel would make a ton of sense so long as he’s available. His special teams ability is a cherry on top for a team that values that kind of skill-set from their WRs like the Jaguars.
Simply put, Jaguars fans: No.
The Jaguars franchise quarterback wasn’t in Mobile this year. The group as a whole underperformed compared to previous groups, despite some hype that it yielded before the week kicked off.
Drew Lock (Missouri), arguably the best prospect of the bunch, still displayed some footwork and decision making issues during practices that make him more of a project rather than a sure-thing. Jacksonville isn’t in the position to gamble on a quarterback like that, but I don’t see him making it past Denver.
Daniel Jones (Duke) had high expectations coming in, being dubbed a first round quarterback by Oakland Raiders head coach, and coach of Jones’ North team at the Senior Bowl, Jon Gruden. However, his lack of arm strength was a notable problem in Mobile, and he struggled with decision making and reading pressure from time to time. His connections to Peyton and Eli Manning are intriguing, but he’s got some work to do.
Will Grier (WVU) certainly talked like an alpha QB, calling himself the “best quarterback in this draft” after practice on Tuesday, but he didn’t always look it. He missed some easy throws in the middle of the field during team and individual drills, and tried to make hero-ball plays out of nothing at times where there were healthier alternatives, much like his West Virginia tape has shown in the past.
Trace McSorley (Penn State), Ryan Finley (North Carolina State), Gardner Minshew (Washington State), and Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) did nothing to elevate their game during the week, and all four of these quarterbacks had major question marks on their scouting reports heading in. The only QB who made more of a name for himself in Mobile was Tyree Jackson (Buffalo).
He didn’t have a fantastic week, but teams wanted to see more than a naturally strong arm out in practice, and rather more accuracy, ball control, and decision making. He struggled at times, but there were definitely glimpses of all three of these aspects being fine-tuned. Jackson told me he’s been focusing on control and lower body mechanics with Jordan Palmer this winter in California. He’s got a long way to go, but his tools mixed with some positive growth did him some favors at the Senior Bowl.
But even considering Jackson’s showing, none of these guys change your franchise for the better right now. And Jacksonville needs an alpha-QB to come in and win games out the gate. There’s two guys in this draft who are capable of such, and neither of them were eligible for the Senior Bowl this year.
Jaguars prospect meetings
Per myself, Chris Thornton, and Filip Prus of Locked On Jaguars, the Jacksonville Jaguars met with the following prospects at the Senior Bowl.
* = Multiple meetings
QB Will Grier, WVU
QB Drew Lock, MISS
QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
WR Terry McLaurin*, Ohio State
WR Jakobi Meyers*, NCST
WR Gary Jennings*, WVU
RT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
RG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
RG Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
TE Foster Moreau, LSU
TE Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Senior Bowl one-liners
Here’s a mix of great one-liner quotes fron prospects, coaches, and media alike from my first time at the Senior Bowl.
“I think every quarterback here would be like ‘If I could throw for 50 touchdowns and win the games that Patrick Mahomes does’, then we’d all say ‘Heck yeah, what do you need from me? I’ll give you whatever you need.” – Missouri QB Drew Lock
“Let em play! Let em play! Nobody’s here to see you guys ref!!” – North team/Raiders head coach Jon Gruden after a penalty in the Senior Bowl
“Mr. Elway, my name is Dalton Risner. I’m from Wiggins, Colorado, and I’m doing everything I can to represent our state well out here.” – Kansas State OL Dalton Risner to Broncos G.M. John Elway
“[Peyton and Eli Manning] are two of my role models, and are guys I’ve looked up to… well maybe role model is a strong word, my dad’s my role model.” – Duke QB Daniel Jones
“I’m the best quarterback in this draft.” – WVU QB Will Grier
“Nate Davis of Charlotte. Hell of an ass on that guy.” – Anonymous media member
“I feel like I’ve always been overlooked… More than anything I’m not trying to prove anybody wrong, but prove the people who believed in me right.” – Washington State QB Gardner Minshew
Jaguars Senior Bowl-only mock draft
Based on fit and need, here is a Jaguars mock draft based solely on my favorite Senior Bowl prospects and where I believe their value is.
2nd round – 38th overall: Chris Lindstrom, RG, Boston College
3rd round – 69th overall: Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon
3rd round – 96th overall (from LAR): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
4th round – 103rd overall: Foster Moreau, TE, Louisiana State
6th round – 165th overall: Oli Udoh, RT, Elon
The Jaguars need to get the (non-Senior Bowl) QB with the 7th overall pick (or trade up if necessary), but the 2019 Senior Bowl provides enough talent at different positions for the Jaguars to address a ton of different needs across their offense, and even on defense.
It was a fantastic first trip to Mobile, as I got to take time off of my full-time restaurant job and watch football with Twitter-turned-real life friends, eat some really awesome Mobile food, interview big-name football people I once dreamed of being, join Jacksonville radio stations as a guest, and provide analysis and news to Jaguars fans. I hope this Senior Bowl coverage is what you’ve been looking for, because you better believe I’ll be back in Mobile next year and for years to come.
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