The Jacksonville Jaguars added nine players to the roster this past weekend. The draft can be a roll of the dice but with the pandemic 2021 was a real gamble. Zoom meetings were the rule not the exception and the NFL Combine gave way to campus pro days.
Talent evaluations will be more scrutinized than ever. However, Jacksonville made good on their selection of Trevor Lawrence. Time will tell how good he is and can he stay healthy.
Here’s a breakdown of the Jaguars 2021 Draft class beginning with the first-round pick. Lawrence gets an A+ because of his potential and athletic skills. This Clemson career should be a springboard to good things in a black and teal uniform.
Next, Travis Etienne was an interesting choice. After reflecting on his skillset and familiarity with Lawrence, he gets an A. Expect him to be the Jaguars version of Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill. The offensive firepower gets more explosive with him on the field.
Round two feature two cornerstone picks. Tyson Campbell is a big cornerback and Walter Little is a big left tackle. These picks get an A- because they are not expected to produce immediately.
Andre Cisco is the selection in round three. He fills a glaring need on defense. This pick gets a B+ because his playing time is limited early.
The fourth round features more depth at defensive tackle and linebacker. Jay Tufele should earn a spot on the defensive line. Jordan Smith could be that man in the middle that Jacksonville is needing. Give a B to these picks.
Luke Farrell is the fifth-round selection. He played under coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Hopefully, this works out for the team. He gets a C.
Jalen Camp is a big rangy wide receiver. Jacksonville takes him in round six. Jacksonville is loaded with good receivers, so this might be a guy headed to special teams’ duty. He gets a C-.
Overall, the Jaguars did well in the draft. There was talk of possibly obtaining TE Zach Ertz during the draft, but it still might happen. Jacksonville needs a big play option at the tight end.
A final grade of A-, so stay tuned to see how things play out. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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