The Jacksonville Jaguars’ misfortunes may be finally coming to an end. While they are coming off of a 1-15 season, Jacksonville likely just landed one of the top QB prospects in a decade in Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars just signed a fantastic coach in Urban Meyer.
However, a new coach and quarterback will not fix all of their problems. The Jaguars have issues on both sides of the football. Fortunately, they have two first round picks and a lot of cap space.
It will be interesting to see where the Jaguars go with the 25th pick. There are a lot of very good linemen on offense and defense who may fall around the Jaguars pick. However, the Jaguars’ secondary is in dire need of talent. It will be interesting to see how the Jaguars address their teams needs.
While receiver isn’t a pressing need, they may want to surround Trevor Lawrence with talented playmakers. There are plenty of playmakers available, but Jacksonville may be willing to trade up in the draft. There are a lot of great playmakers that Jacksonville may want to trade up for.
The Jaguars have a lot of issues and many could be addressed within free agency. With so many holes, Jacksonville may opt to select the best player available. There will be a lot of talent available at the 25th pick, and this should be a player who can start right away.
Let’s take a look at five players the Jaguars should keep their eye on after drafting Trevor Lawrence.
Samuel Cosmi – Left Tackle – Texas
The Jaguars have had some trouble protecting their quarterbacks in recent years. While some of that could be placed on Gardner Minshew’s tendency to roll into pressure, the tackle position is a weak spot for the Jaguars.
Cam Robinson has shown improvement, but there is a chance he leaves in free agency. The Jaguars will need someone to protect their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Check out this breakdown by the guys from Boom or Bust where they go over Cosmi’s strengths and weakness:
Cosmi is a great pass blocker. While he doesn’t have incredible strength, Cosmi has fantastic footwork. The Jaguars will need to work on his functional strength, but he has a fantastic foundation.
Even if the Jaguars re-sign Robinson, he could play right tackle and current right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who is coming off a rough year, could kick inside to guard. This will give the Jaguars a very formidable starting line.
While Cosmi isn’t a people mover, he can create running lanes. There are plenty of very good tackles in this draft. However, they all range around the same level of play. Cosmi could go much earlier, or he could fall to the Jaguars at 25. If he does fall, there is a very good chance the Jaguars select him.
Christian Barmore – Interior Defensive Lineman – Alabama
Alabama has produced some of the leagues best interior defensive lineman over the years. Christian Barmore has all the tools to be a star defensive lineman in the NFL. Barmore can play the 1, 3, or even 5 technique.
The Jaguars are likely going to implement a new defensive strategy that consists of both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Barmore would be a phenomenal pickup late in the first round for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville struggled on the defensive side of the ball. While the secondary was the weakest link, some of that could be attributed to the Jaguars’ weak pass rush. Creating interior pressure was a major issue for the Jaguars last season.
Barmore is known for his run stuffing, but he was able to create pressure on quarterbacks, especially towards the end of last year. Last year, Barmore finished the season with eight sacks. Barmore was a standout player for an incredible Alabama defense.
Check out some of his top highlights in this video by The Breakshot below:
Barmore is a defensive lineman with a lot of talent. He has incredible size, strength, and good athletic ability for a player of his size. While he isn’t the prospect that Quinnen Williams was, the two are very similar. Barmore has Pro Bowl potential, and with proper coaching, maybe even All-Pro potential.
Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Florida
The Jaguars have never had a quality tight end. Typically, it is normal for young quarterbacks to rely on their tight ends. Kyle Pitts is the best tight end in the draft class, and one of the best prospects in years.
Drafting Pitts would make the Jaguars one of the scariest young offenses in the entire league.
Pitts is incredibly athletic. He has great size, and has the speed of a wide receiver. While he can be used all over the field, Pitts does his best work in the redzone.
He has the athletic ability of a wide receiver. However, he is 6-foot-6 and around 240 pounds. Pitts looks like the football equivalent of LeBron James.
Check out some of his best highlights from JustBombsProductions below:
While Pitts’ size, incredible athleticism, and soft hands will create mismatches against any defender, he still could fall in the draft. But, it is highly unlikely he will fall to 25. Jacksonville may need to trade up to land Pitts.
The dynamic skill-set of Pitts paired with Trevor Lawrence and the young playmakers already on the Jaguars could make this offense virtually unstoppable in a few years.
Trevon Moehrig – Safety – TCU
The Jaguars have had issues at free safety for a while. Since the release of Tashaun Gipson, the Jaguars have had trouble at the safety. Last season, Jacksonville had issues getting beat over the top. There are a lot of problems in the secondary for Jacksonville.
However, drafting a free safety who will eliminate big plays would help this Jaguars defense in a variety of ways.
Trevon Moehrig is a safety with a lot of range. He has enough athletic ability to keep plays in front of him. Moehrig has very loose hips and is able to quickly disguise what opposing offenses are trying to do.
While Moehrig is tremendous in coverage, he is excellent at coming up and playing the run as well. That was a key factor in Moehrig winning the Jim Thorpe award for best secondary player in college football last year.
Check out some of his top highlights in this video by Sick EditzHD below:
Trevon Moehrig is a playmaker on the backend of the defense. He reminds me a lot of Tyrann Mathieu. Moehrig could be the leader of this Jacksonville secondary.
If the Jaguars are looking to add a smart playmaker in the secondary after taking Trevor Lawrence, they should select Trevon Moehrig with the 25th overall pick.
Jaycee Horn – Corner – South Carolina
The Jaguars had a lot of issues in the secondary, as previously stated. While they selected CJ Henderson at No. 9 last season, Henderson had some very bad games. While it is too early to write him off, they are going to need to draft another corner this year.
Jaycee Horn is an incredible corner, especially when it comes to man coverage. Horn has the size, athleticism, and mentality to turn into a quality NFL cornerback.
Horn is a smart, physical, and very athletic cornerback for South Carolina. The Gamecocks’ corner didn’t back away from any competition and would often be left on an island against some very good SEC receivers. Horn is very aggressive when attacking the ball as well.
He must work on controlling his instincts, so he doesn’t get beat deep. Horn will make big plays for the defense who drafts him.
Check out some of his best highlights in this video by College Films:
Henderson may be able to improve into a quality, maybe even Pro Bowl corner, but drafting Horn would be very wise. It is always important to have two quality corners on your defense that can handle opposing receivers. Horn has the mentality that will translate well in the NFL.
Horn and Henderson could progress into an excellent cornerback duo in the NFL. Following the selection of Trevor Lawrence, Horn might be the perfect pick.