With the seventh pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor OT | Florida
The Blake Bortles era is officially over, much to the delight of Jaguars fans, as Saint Nick the Savior steps in at quarterback to try and lead this Jacksonville team back to the playoffs. Injuries really hurt this team a season ago in addition to some players seeing a drop in their production and an increase in their trash talking. Losing Marqise Lee for the season early stripped the Jags of their number one wideout after Allen Robinson had left town to sign with the Chicago Bears. Then left tackle Cam Robinson (no relation) went down with a torn ACL just two games into the season. Running back Leonard Fournette was in and out of the lineup all year, only playing in 8 games, and the Jaguars in desperation to save their season, made a move at the trade deadline to bring in running back Carlos Hyde which didn’t pan out. Meanwhile through all of this cornerback Jalen Ramsey continued to run his mouth. A year after making it all the way to the AFC Championship game and nearly knocking off the New England Patriots to get to the Super Bowl, the Jaguars took a big step backwards in 2018, finishing at the bottom of their division with a 5-11 record and left searching for answers.
Despite a tough year though, things are looking up for the Jaguars. They replace Bortles with a Super Bowl winning quarterback in Nick Foles, and they return one of the top defenses in the league. The Jaguars can truly go best player available on their board at pick number seven and they are in position to come away with a stud. Defensively this team looks great on paper but Tom Coughlin likes to have depth, especially on the defensive line, so if the Jaguars opted to select Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary or Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat I would not be surprised. That being said, I think the Jaguars have to be looking at the other side of the ball with this pick, especially after finishing 27th in total offense a season ago.
With a run on defensive players and quarterbacks at the top of the draft, Jacksonville should have their choice of one of the top offensive players in this year’s draft class. A wide receiver like Mississippi’s D.K. Metcalf or Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson are intriguing options here. Hockenson would provide both a jolt in the passing and running game. Still, I think the Jaguars will be able to find a pass-catcher early in the second round and instead should be looking to upgrade that offensive line. Four out of five of those offensive line positions look set with the fifth being at right tackle. I’m sorry but free agent pick up and former Bengal first round pick Cedric Ogbuehi is not the answer there. Jacksonville doesn’t need to look too far down the road either to find their new franchise right tackle in Florida’s Jawaan Taylor. Foles had a strong offensive line in Philadelphia with bookend tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. Pairing Taylor with Robinson and the rest of that offensive line group should help give Foles the protection he needs to let it fly.
It would be interesting to see if the Jaguars have any interest in this years quarterback draft class, even after signing Nick Foles. Both Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock are still on the board in this scenario and either one could be taken to sit behind Foles for a year, or step in immediately if Foles fails to find the magic he had in Philadelphia.