Jacksonville's receivers did a good job this past season in the wake of Allen Robinson's injury, but none of them projects as a true No. 1. Robinson could depart via free agency, and if he does, I suspect the Jaguars will consider a replacement in the first couple of rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Tom Coughlin loves bolstering the trenches. He's gotten poor play out of left tackle Cam Robinson, so perhaps he'll move Robinson inside if he can obtain a new blind-side protector for Blake Bortles.
Connor Williams has taken a dive in recent mock draft updates as a result of Charlie's report in the NFL Hot Press that teams have a mid-round grade on the Texas tackle.
Rd. 3, Pk. 29
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
The Jaguars could use a new tight end, as they don't have anything at the position in the wake of the Julius Thomas trade.
Pick change; previously Mike Gesicki, TE
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
The Jaguars will likely spend a mid-round pick on a quarterback as insurance for Blake Bortles.
If Leonard Fournette is available, I think the Jaguars will take him in a heartbeat. If Fournette doesn't get here, I think the Jaguars might go with Alabama tight end O.J. Howard or Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Fournette is a no-brainer if he gets to Jacksonville.
In 2016, Fournette averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 843 yards with eight touchdowns. He recorded 15 receptions for 146 yards as well. Fournette set a school record with 284 yards on 16 carries against Ole Miss. The junior played well in 2016, but his ankle injury seemed to be holding back some of the speed and explosion he displayed as a sophomore.
Fournette (6-0, 240) has a serious burst to go along with a powerful build. He is a downhill physical runner who also is a threat to break off long touchdown runs. While obviously big and powerful, Fournette also has some wiggle to him with an elusive running style that makes him really hard to tackle.
Fournette was a superstar in 2015, overwhelming nearly every defense he took on. The sophomore averaged 6.5 yards per carry over the year for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 253 yards.
There were a lot of comparisons made of Fournette to Adrian Peterson when the former signed with LSU, and he validated the hype as a sophomore with his running style being very similar to Peterson's. Fournette didn't disappoint in 2014 either, setting the LSU record for yards from a freshman. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,034 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Tom Coughlin's wants the Jaguars to improve their rushing attack and be a tougher, more physical team. They traded for Brandon Albert, but they can't count on the oft-injured veteran to be their long-term left tackle.
Team sources say the medical report on Ramczyk had some concerns. Some teams also question his love for football after he quit the sport after high school. Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016.
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
The Jaguars could use multiple additions to their weak offensive line.
Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and possesses excellent length with 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet and a background in playing basketball. He needs to add a lot of strength, however, as he plays too high and can get pushed around. Davenport also struggles with redirecting and can get bull rushed. He needs some developmental time in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
The Jaguars could consider taking multiple tight ends considering Marcedes Lewis turns 33 just after the 2017 NFL Draft and Julius Thomas was traded away.
Roberts (6-4, 261) is a blocking tight end for the NFL, yet he also has some receiving ability. Scouting sources said that Roberts could be the best pure Y - blocking - tight end in the 2017 NFL Draft. They say Roberts is athletic enough to make some plays as a short option or in the red zone. He had a quality week at the Senior Bowl, minus a few dropped passes. In 2016, Roberts totaled 45 receptions for 533 yards with 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he made 21 catches for 234 yards with four scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Avery Gennesy, G, Texas A&M
Tom Coughlin wants the Jaguars to get tougher. Here's a blocker to help their competition up front, and they've shown some interest in Gennesy.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
The Jaguars could use some inside linebacker depth given the age of Paul Posluszny and Myles Jack struggling as a rookie.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington
The Jaguars grab some linebacker depth and brought in Ebukam for a visit.
The Jaguars could use a young tight end. Marcedes Lewis is aging, and Julius Thomas was traded away. <br> <br>
In 2017, Andrews has 23 receptions for 459 yards with three touchdowns. He totaled 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 after making 19 catches for 318 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman.<br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is receiving threat as a tight end with good athleticism, route-running, quickness and hands. Andrews might be the top receiving tight end for the 2018 NFL Draft. He could end up being a prospect similar to Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper.
If Blake Bortles doesn't have a big season, the Jaguars will be searching for a potential franchise quarterback. Given how Bortles has looked this preseason, Jacksonville could easily be targeting a quarterback high in the 2018 NFL Draft. Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars really liked Deshaun Watson as a prospect, and there are a lot of similarities with Jackson as both are very intelligent dual-threat quarterbacks who elevate the play of those around them. <br> <br>
Jackson led Louisville to a shoot-out win over Purdue in the 2017 season opener as he completed 30-of-46 passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for 107 yards on 21 carries. <br> <br>
Jackson (6-3, 205) set college football on fire in 2016 while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry. Jackson has a good athletic skill set, but he will need to show more accuracy and pocket-passing skills in 2017 to be a high draft pick. Jackson also faces some size concerns.
The Jaguars are in win-now mode, so the age of Hurst probably won't be a big deterrent. Additionally, they are getting a good value with the best tight end in the draft late in the first round. Marcedes Lewis turns 34 after the 2018 NFL Draft, and Hurst is a freaky athlete who would help Jacksonville's passing attack and help block for Leonard Fournette. <br> <br>
Hurst totaled 44 receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also rushed for a touchdown. Team sources have raved about Hurst and think that he has a first-round skill set. They say he might slip to the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft, but they love the physical talent of the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder. <br> <br>
Sources say they heard early on that Hurst would skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft because he is a bit older at 24 years old. Hurst played professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization out of high school. Because of his delayed start in football, sources say that Hurst is still raw as a route-runner and blocker. However, he has a great skill set with upside to improve quickly once he is taught some technique. In 2016, Hurst had 48 receptions for 616 yards with one touchdown. A lack of production from not many opportunities is another factor that could force him down.
The Jaguars grab another quarterback option in hopes of finding an upgrade over Blake Bortles.
Rudolph is very much a love/hate prospect in scouting circles, but of late, I've heard more teams putting lower grades on him and sources expressing more doubt. I've heard grades as low as the fifth and sixth round on Rudolph in recent weeks. I'm of the opinion that he is a third-day prospect and would grade him as a fourth-/fifth-rounder, but I could see a team reaching for him on Day 2. <br> <br>
For the NFL, Rudolph has some serious limitations. He is not very athletic and isn't a running threat, while his arm strength is just average. Rudolph also needs to improve his shaky accuracy and terrible anticipation. Routinely, Rudolph doesn't pull the trigger on a throw until his receiver has long since gotten wide open rather anticipating the play to get the ball out faster. The length of time he holds the ball in the pocket is going to be a problem in the NFL. Rudolph is also inconsistent with his field vision as he can work off his first read, yet other times he stares down targets. His recent games against West Virginia and Texas provided other examples of him struggling to throw into tight windows. <br> <br>
Rudolph has completed 66 percent of his passes this season for 2,866 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,91 yards with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2016. Rudolph ran for six scores as well last season.
Blake Bortles is going to remain a Jaguar unless crazy circumstances occur. I'd also bank on them resigning at least one of their two free agent wideouts (Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson), which means their top priority will turn into fielding an offensive line capable of masking their inconsistent QB.
Will Hernandez blew up at the senior bowl, and for good reason; were Quenton Nelson to not exist, it's likely he would be the top pure guard prospect in this draft.