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Jaguars vs. Saints: Observations From Jaguars 24-20 Loss

Zach Goodall



Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) drops to throw a pass as New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) closes in during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Your Jacksonville Jaguars kick their 2018 (pre)season off with a loss at home over the New Orleans Saints by a score of 24-20. However, despite a one in the preseason L column, the Jaguars first and second team had quite the night, specifically on offense.

62,354 tickets were distributed at TIAA Bank Field, which marks a dramatic increase in compared to preseasons’ prior.

Let’s get to the observations.

Roster locks at QB look sharp

It appears one game into the preseason that the Jaguars have their two QBs locked in on the depth chart in Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. Both quarterbacks performed well in their first game action of 2018.

Bortles completed 6-of-9 passes for 53 yards and a rushing touchdown. His longest pass went to Dede Westbrook for a 16 yard gain to put the team in the redzone, which was a perfectly placed ball across the middle of the field. Bortles ran a boot at the two yard line to give the Jaguars their first score of the night. Bortles and the Jaguars first team offense played 14 snaps.

Kessler had himself quite the game as well, going 14-17 for 139 yards and a throwing touchdown to tight end Scott Orndoff. His best pass of the night came on a 24 yard toss to receiver Shane Wynn down the left side of the field.

Tanner Lee entered the game in the fourth quarter and was immediately sacked twice. He went 4-8 with a fumble and two sacks.

Leon Jacobs looks the part at SAM linebacker

The Jaguars 7th round pick came out firing in his first career action, making a nice run stop with the starters and continuing to apply pressure as a rusher with the second team. Being that the SAM linebacker is on the field dramatically less than the rest of the position on defense, Jacobs received reps with both the first and the second team.

This appears to be Jacobs’ job to lose. He has taken first team reps at SAM during the entirety of Jaguars’ training camp, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.

6th WR battle ain’t over yet

Despite a solid training camp from receiver Rashad Greene, it doesn’t appear that he has the Jaguars’ sixth receiver spot on lock down.

Greene muffed a punt during the game, and his ability as a punt returner is vital in his battle for the position. As a receiver, Greene finished his night with two catches for 13 yards.

Meanwhile, Shane Wynn had a productive night, with three receptions for 39 yards and a rush for five yards. With the ability to return punts and consistently making plays, Wynn is making a case to win the job.

Specialists shine

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo hasn’t appeared to have lost a step, making two 49 yard field goals and hitting two extra points.

In his NFL debut, rookie punter Logan Cooke kicked two punts, the first being a beautiful 56 yarder with all the hang-time in the world, pinning the Saints at their own 18 yard line. His second was inside the 20 yard line as well, going 33 yards from the Jaguars 48 yard line.


-LB Blair Brown left the game, and was evaluated for a concussion

-LG Andrew Norwell was a late scratch with calf tightness

-WR DeAndre Smelter, S Don Carey, DT Eli Ankou, DE Dante Fowler Jr. (PUP), LB Brooks Ellis, OT Will Richardson, OT Jermey Parnell, WR Keelan Cole, DL Taven Bryan, DL Calais Campbell, and DE Dawuane Smoot were all inactive

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

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2019 NFL Draft: Jaguars select Kentucky DE/OLB Josh Allen at No. 7

Demetrius Harvey



Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) looks on during the second half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The defense has been the Jaguars calling card for the past two seasons, and on Thursday Night, that didn’t change. With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the rich got richer with the selection of Kentucky outside linebacker/defensive end Josh Allen.

The Jaguars and EVP Tom Coughlin have made numerous statements on the importance of pass rushers. Drafting defensive tackle Taven Bryan in the first round last year was one of the actions which indicated such.

Josh Allen is one of the most impactful DE/OLBs in this draft class. He stood up and put his hand in the ground throughout his career as a Wildcat. Allen consistently dominated his competition even making some plays against fellow potential first-round pick Jawaan Taylor. Allen was the most productive pass rusher in the SEC last year — credited with 17.0 sacks — and throughout his entire career. Allen produced 42 tackles for loss and 31.5 sacks in four years with the Wildcats.

Although Allen played a lot of outside linebacker at Kentucky, he has the size (6’5″ 262 lbs) to become a very productive edge in the NFL. Allen will likely begin his career with the Jaguars as a rotational defensive end, and they may even sprinkle in some 3-4 elements into their scheme. The Jaguars hired Dom Capers — former Packers defensive coordinator — as a senior defensive assistant and he may help implement these elements specifically for Allen.

Many believed Allen would be drafted in the top three, but he somehow fell after the Raiders surprisingly took Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the 4th pick. The Jaguars landed an absolute blue-chip player in Josh Allen and he should eventually take over for defensive end Calais Campbell opposite of Yannick Ngakoue. Allen is good enough to allow the Jaguars to get rid of the “big end” position in their defense as he should eventually develop into an excellent edge setter.

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2019 NFL Draft: Final Jaguars 7-round mock draft

Zach Goodall



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Today’s the day that Jaguars fans have, unfortunately, been waiting for since around October when it was clear the team would not contend in 2018.

The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us. Here’s the haul I’m projecting the Jaguars to walk away with, put together based on their reported interest and visits with players, needs, and emphasis on high-character prospects after a bit of a locker room fall-out in 2018.

Let’s get to mocking!

1st round – 7th overall: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

6-4 1/2, 302, 33 5/8″arms, testing scores, Locked On Jaguars scouting report

There’s been reports dating back to March of Jacksonville’s interest in the three year starter for Alabama, but the rumor mill regarding that interest has been spinning faster than tires on I-95 throughout the past week after reports surfaced of his top 30 visit. The Jaguars should be looking for blue-chip, polished prospects to immediately contribute to this team, both on the field and off, and Jonah Williams fits that bill. Jacksonville got to see Williams live three times in 2018.

Wiliams is a powerful lineman with fantastic hand technique to overcome length concerns, has started 44 straight games at both left and right tackle and earned multiple All-SEC and All-American honors each season, plays with more athleticism than his tests would say, and is as dedicated a lineman as they come: He tracks opponents pass rush moves on Excel spreadsheets for Pete’s sake.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has a “key” connection to Williams as well, through Williams’ OL coach Brent Key during his time at Alabama. Marrone and Key have coached together previously and have maintained a relationship, and Key influenced the Jaguars’ selection of left tackle Cam Robinson in 2017.

Based on all of this, on top of conversations I’ve had with people I trust, I have a very strong feeling that Williams will be the pick at 7th overall, barring a trade-down or an elite defender falling into the team’s lap.

*TRADE*: 1st round – 29th overall: Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

*Jacksonville sends their 38th overall pick (2nd round), 98th overall pick (3rd round, from LA Rams), and their 2020 5th round pick (from LA Rams) for the 29th overall pick.*

6-4 1/8, 249 lbs, 33 1/2″ arms, testing scores

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said on Monday that the team had the flexibility to move back up in the draft – potentially even the first round – with the 3rd round compensatory pick they obtained from the Los Angeles Rams in the Dante Fowler Jr. trade in 2018.

Caldwell didn’t need to reveal that much info when asked about the comp. pick. He could have avoided mentioning the idea of trading back up as a whole, much less back into the first. Considering this quote, I 100% think that Jacksonville would like to do just that, if the right guy falls late into the first. And Noah Fant could be that guy, as the NFL has proven in the past that it doesn’t value tight ends in the top half of the first round often despite analysts valuing them there (see: O.J Howard in 2017). Fant had a top 30 visit with Jacksonville.

So, the Jaguars send their early 2nd rounder, their late 3rd rounder from L.A., and their 2020 5th rounder from L.A. to Seattle, who only has five picks this year and no 2nd round selection, in order to hop in front of the tight end-needy Green Bay Packers at 30th overall and New England Patriots at 32nd overall. Pats Pulpit has tracked NFL Draft pick trades from 2011-2018 to understand how the NFL values picks, and the Jaguars/Seahawks trade above comes out to a 0.15 point value difference – it’s a totally balanced trade, where Seattle inherits an extra Day 2 pick in a draft where they so badly need it. The value of the 2020 5th round pick is based on L.A.’s 2019 5th round pick, 170th overall.

Fant is a freak of nature for the tight end position, finishing in the 95th percentile or better among NFL TEs in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, and 3-cone drill at the NFL Combine – at about 6-4, 250 lbs. He recorded 78 catches for 1083 yards and 19 touchdowns in three years at Iowa. Fant would be an excellent addition to an offense that will heavily utilize TEs with Nick Foles at QB, especially considering the team has no one at the position to hang their hat on.

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

6-1, 195, 32 1/8 arms, testing scores

The Jaguars would probably prefer to go EDGE here, with a really solid group of edge rushers expected to be available that could fill the third down sub-pass rusher role that has been vacated since Dante Fowler Jr. was traded. But it’s impossible to pass on the value of lengthy free safety Deionte Thompson here, as he was once viewed as a potential first round pick before a couple of tough games to end the 2018 season.

Thompson recorded three interceptions and seven defended passes at Alabama, as well as three forced fumbles and 4.5 tackles for loss in 29 career games. Thompson frequently played opposite of now-Jaguars strong safety Ronnie Harrison in 2017 at Alabama, so re-creating that duo would be a huge plus for chemistry purposes.  As mentioned under the Jonah Williams pick, Jacksonville live-scouted Alabama three times in 2018.

As Daniel Popper of The Athletic has noted, GM Dave Caldwell has mentioned that newly-resigned free safety Jarrod Wilson was brought back so he “could come in and compete as that starting free safety”… but other than pure special-teamer Cody Davis, Wilson currently has no one to compete with at FS. Therefore, Popper believes the Jaguars will target a free safety on Day 2. If the board falls like this and Thompson (or another safety higher on their board) becomes a value pick, then I totally agree.

4th round – 109th overall: Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon

6-5 1/4, 248, 33 3/8″ arms, testing scores

Justin Hollins is viewed as a tier below the EDGE group I alluded to above, but could provide some spark as a pure 3rd down EDGE rusher opposite of Yannick Ngakoue given his mix of length, explosion, bend ability, and speed (see test scores).

Hollins is a bit of a tweener, with his tall, lankier playing frame (he played at 242 in 2018). He played a mix of defensive end and outside linebacker at Oregon, where he recorded 14 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, two interceptions and eight defended passes in 45 career games, starting 37. Hollins earned the East-West Shrine Game MVP this year, as well as both Associated Press and Pro Football Focus PAC-12 1st team All-Conference honors. He was also a team captain in 2018.

With defensive assistant and former NFL defensive coordinator Dom Capers in house after being hired earlier in the year, the Jaguars are expected to add some versatile looks to their defense. Capers notoriously ran a 3-4 defense in his time as a coordinator, so Hollins’ versatility to play both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB as a pass rusher and someone who can occasionally drop back into coverage makes him an intriguing fourth round pick.

6th round – 178th overall: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State

6-0 7/8, 225, 10 1/8″ hands, testing scores

Gardner Minshew was an awfully late bloomer as a college quarterback, starting at Northwest Mississippi State Community College for a year before transferring to East Carolina University, where he split snaps for two years at QB. He spent his final season of eligibility as a grad transfer in Washington State’s Air Raid offense, where his career reached new heights: A 70.7% completion percentage, 4779 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

Minshew took the reigns of an offense left by Luke Falk, a three year starter who was drafted in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and lifted the program following the suicide of the QB who was originally expected to replace Falk, Tyler Hilinski. Washington State went 11-2 and finished 10th in the AP Poll.

I don’t believe Minshew is a polished quarterback whatsoever, and he came from a system that inflated his numbers a good bit. However, his story of improvement throughout his career and the adversity that he lifted a somber football program out of with his high-character will undoubtedly push him up the Jaguars draft board, should they look for another project backup quarterback in this draft.

7th round – 236th overall: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State

5-8, 198, testing scores

The final pick of a whirlwind 2019 NFL Draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars gets used on another top-30 visit prospect, which means 50% of their picks in this scenario had already visited the facilities.

Thompson is a slippery back who packs some power despite his size, and is a solid pass catcher out of the backfield with 23 receptions for 351 yards and two receiving touchdowns to pair with his 1044 rushing yards on 153 carries (6.8 yards per carry!) and 14 touchdowns in one season at Utah State. Thompson previously played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a junior college.

While his profile may not blow you away, he fits the Corey Grant mold at running back with better potential as an in-between-the-tackles runner, and posted fantastic production in his first and only year at the D-1 level. Thompson would likely compete for the third running back job with Benny Cunningham as a true change-of-pace RB with receiving game upside.

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Christopher Thornton 2019 Mock Draft 1.0

Christopher Thornton



You all really thought I would leave Locked on Jaguars before dropping a 100% accurate mock draft?


Pfft amateurs


Anyways, I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the picks, however, needed a virtual footprint for when my mock draft becomes the first ever to bat 1.000. So without further ado, let’s dive right into it.


1. Arizona Cardinals- Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama

Best player in the draft should go #1 overall right?

2. San Fransisco 49ers- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

SF gets itself a premiere edge rusher

Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke (17) makes a throw against the South in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

3. Washington Redskins (via NYJ)- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

The second shocker, right after Kyler Murray not going 1st overall on draft night is the Redskins going all the way into the top three, to take… Daniel Jones? I can’t really rationalize this either

4. Oakland Raiders- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Jon Gruden continues to shock the NFL world with this one

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

Tampa Bay wants to have a versatile defense so why not get a versatile rusher to go with it?

6. New York Giants- Jawaan Taylor, RT, Florida

The Giants *hope* to sure up the right side for good ole Eli

Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

7. Cincinnati Bengals (via JAX)- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Zac Taylor makes a splash to trade into the top 10 and snag the falling QB before he ever hits the ground

8. Detroit Lions- Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

Detroit reloads with the loss of Ziggy Ansah

9. Buffalo Bills- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

A lot of folks have the Bills going WR here but honestly, I think they lean on their FA acquisitions to justify not taking one here

10. Denver Broncos- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

This has been penciled in for 47 months it seems, Flacco trade or not

Oct 13, 2018; Bloomington, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end T.J. Hockenson (38) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Dameon Willis Jr. (43) during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (via CIN)- T.J Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Jaguars snag the best TE in the draft to slot in nicely in Flip’s offense

12. Green Bay Packers- Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Jonah Williams is going to be a very versatile OL throughout his career, however, I have him going as a Left Guard in the NFL and the Packers could sure use one to help out AR12 and the run game

13. Miami Dolphins- Cody Ford, Right Tackle, Oklahoma

The Dolphins prepare to ride out Fitzmagic by protecting him at all costs

14. Atlanta Falcons- Dalton Risner, Right Tackle, Kansas State

The Falcons get a mauler of a Right Tackle in Risner, and sure up an OL to keep Matt Ryan upright

15. New York Jets (via WAS)- Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C State

Protecting Sam Darnold at all costs

Sep 22, 2018; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (14) is defended by Kent State Golden Flashes cornerback Darryl Marshall (30) and cornerback Jamal Parker (7) during the third quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

16. Carolina Panthers- D.K Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Good luck trying to stop D.J Moore and D.K Metcalf at the same time

17. New York Giants (via CLE)- Devin White, LB, LSU

The Giants get one of the first “steals” of the draft

18. Minnesota Vikings- Andre Dillard, OL, WSU

Projected as a zone Left Tackle, but likely starts his NFL journey as a guard, of which the Vikings are in the market for

19. Tennessee Titans- Chris Lindstrom, RG, Boston College

The Titans fortify their OL with arguably the best Right Guard in the draft

Nov 17, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) scrambles under pressure from Michigan Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush (10) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan

The Steelers are in the market for an inside linebacker and I personally think that Bush fits that mold in the NFL

21. Seattle Seahawks- Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

Back to back wolverines here as the Seahawks stop Gary’s fall due to the flagged shoulder

22. Baltimore Ravens- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Another year, another receiver drafted by the Ravens

Nov 24, 2018; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon (2) makes a reception as LSU Tigers linebacker Devin White (40) and cornerback Greedy Williams (29) attempt to make a tackle during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

23. Houston Texans- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Texans snag a CB to be the heir to aging CB, Johnathan Joseph

24. Oakland Raiders (via CHI)- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The second of the Iowa tight ends to go first round in this year’s NFL draft. With Jared Cook leaving town, Gruden adds a top tight end to his offense to help rookie QB, Dwayne Haskins

25. Philadelphia Eagles- Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Eagles take a chance on Sweat, who could easily fall after being diagnosed with an “enlarged heart”

26. Indianapolis Colts- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Colts get draft lucky again and land the top CB in the draft towards the end of the first round

27. Oakland Raiders (via DAL)- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch finally retiring, that leaves the Raiders with Crowell and Richard as your top tandem, and while that’s a nice consolation when RB1 falls into your lap at 27, you pull the trigger. The added fifth-year option also makes this more enticing in the future

28. Los Angeles Chargers- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

The Chargers are in the market for a 3-tech, and I think Wilkins projects to be a very good one in the NFL

Dec 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (23) intercepts a pass intended for Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Nico Collins (4) as Florida Gators defensive back Trey Dean III (21) is shown on the play during the third quarter in the 2018 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

29. Seattle Seahawks (via KC)- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, FS, Florida

Although listed as a CB, CGJ projects to be an FS in the NFL to me and with Seattle in the market with the departure of Earl Thomas, I think Gardner-Johnson slots in nicely

30. Green Bay Packers (via NO)- Nasir Adderly, FS, Delaware

Garnder-Johnson and Adderly were FS1 A & B for me and with Gardner-Johnson going the pick before, Adderly was the next domino to fall

31. Los Angeles Rams- Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson

The Rams need depth at LDE and NT and Lawrence being an elite run stopper, should show his value here at the end of the first round

32. New England Patriots- Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

Tillery is the perfect mold as to what Bill Belichick looks for in a Defensive lineman. Being able to tag a fifth-year option to Tillery also makes this pick very intriguing for the Patriots in the future


Please roast the mock draft and send those takes here


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