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This week we’re getting questions about the team’s first two picks, top 30 hits and more.
Q: The Travon Walker post will not disappear. You’ve mentioned it as a possibility before but do you really think it’s the first choice?
A: I have, and for good reason. Not only does Travon Walker fit a lot of Trent Baalke’s favorite things into a defensive line (upper side, length, size), but when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Even if Jaguars doesn’t take Walker #1, I’m sure the team – and especially Baalke – hold him very high as a prospect and they have talked about him a lot as a result.
With that said, Aidan Hutchinson is my official prediction for picking #1. I think his high profile and ability to make an immediate impact would make a huge impression on Jaguar’s defense crew, while Balck could point to his production and reputation as a cultural choice to justify his takeover of Walker, who has roof top. In short, I think Jaguar’s are like Walker but would pick Hutchinson, and I wouldn’t give up on that.
Q: Where do Jaguar cars look at the number 33?
A: This has become more interesting to me than the first choice. While many Jaguars have had their place in a wide receiver in 33rd, I really think the team is likely to look elsewhere. The only name I keep coming back to is Georgia midfielder Quay Walker, who I think the Jaguars hold in high esteem thanks to his ability to cover and good play. In fact, I think Jaguar would take Walker over teammate Nakobi Dean if they were both available in 33rd. Walker is my official prediction for 33rd, although there are some in the NFL who think it could be a first-round pick. .
Other names to watch in my opinion: Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith, Georgia Safety Lewis Cinema If He Slips and Iowa Center Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum is a player with a specific layout so I can see him go out first, and Jaguars can spin by moving Tyler Shatley to the left.
Q: While hits don’t always mean the teams have a serious interest, who is the likely person you’d want the Jags to bring in the Top 30?
A: You are absolutely right. There are plenty of reasons why a team should bring a player in the top 30 hits, from doing their homework on player character to medical checkups. With this in mind, there are a few guys that I think the Jaguars would be wise to bring for visits.
UT-Chattanooga IOL Cole Strange: An opportunity for a small school Jaguar can bring in for a more complete picture.
Justin Ross Clemson: It’s arguably the most important medical examination in the entire draft. Ross has a talent in the first round but has sustained a neck and foot injury over the past two years and has already undergone several surgeries.
Miami (Ohio) EDGE Dominic Robinson: Robinson, a former QB-turned-WR-turned-EDGE player, is an impressive athlete with limited experience and limited production in defense but with tools worth taking a look at.
Q: I know we’re missing a real #1 receiver, but is the second round receiver really the best right now? We have 6 experienced receivers including Agnew as is
A: The answer to this question will likely depend on your evaluation of Jaguar receivers. Some, like me, see their current kit and think it’s better than last year but not by a sufficient margin to warrant passing on further upgrades. Others see it as a ready room that contains new starters and brings back some important depth.
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My guess is that Jaguar cars are the last. Between Zay Jones, Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault and Evan Engram as a huge slot, the Jaguars can and most likely convince themselves that they have a spacious reception room they can win today. With 12 picks, they’re still expected to take on a wide receiver at some point, but I don’t think Jaguars consider it one of their most pressing needs.
Q: What is the significance of upgrading from Shaq Quarterman to linebacker in the draft?
A: I think it is important for Jaguar to upgrade the quarterback room in general. The Jaguars have fallen behind in recent years and the new scheme is really center-driven considering the number of roles the full-backs play in terms of defensive running, covering and passing. So I think it’s important that the Jaguars add more to the quarterback overall, especially with the change of scheme. Quarterman did well last season and is a good player on the specials, but the Jaguars need more options overall.
Q: Do you think that if the Jaguars drafted their OT at 1, there would be a lot of resources invested in that position? It might sound like a lot with the first pick, tag tackle, two second-round picks vying for RT, and the contract you just gave me in RG.
A: I think it would definitely be an investment up front. Let’s say the player plays the left guard as a novice, you’ll get one of the higher-paying left and right guard maneuvers, pick 1 at the left guard, and two second rounds at the right tackle. Now imagine the Jaguars field that streak and you don’t have one of the best NFL offensive streaks? That would be a huge disappointment, but those are the expectations that come with this type of investment.
Q: How worried are you about Balkey’s horrible WR draft history (and in part Pederson – he was picked by Jalen Regor and the Eagles over Justin Jefferson)? Do you feel/worry about that feeling (very misleading if they think so), that Jags might think, they are set to WR with Kirk & Zay Jones autographs and don’t need to add someone to the center in Day 2?
A: I think Jaguar cars think they are in a position where they don’t have to take a wide receiver on day 2. That’s just a guess on my part, but they do have a fairly full reception room and two veteran additions to look at as starters and instant effects. I think there is enough evidence from Baalke and Pederson’s history to question their ability to properly assess their wide reception stance, but the Jaguars made their bed in this respect. Now it is up to them to dispel this narrative
Q: Who would be preferred to start the right intervention between Joan Taylor and Walker Little?
A: I don’t think there is a preferred option today, but I tend to think Taylor might have a slight advantage over Walker before the real practice begins. Jaguars – specifically Baalke – have seen a lot of Taylor’s work over the years, while Little doesn’t have a lot of bars and experience for Jaguars to come out with. So I think Taylor gets his first two delegates during training camp, although I think Little ends up winning the job.
Q: When should Jaguar cars start looking at their running back?
A: The middle of the third day to the end. Jaguar shouldn’t even consider turning back before Round 5, but I would understand if they wait until Round Six a player might have to play well. Settling down early in 2022 is a risk. My guess is that Jaguar cars are relegated in round 5 after opening day 3 with a different position. Like we said before, the Jaguars need to come back to back is No. 3, but few teams need to add No. 3 as badly as the Jaguars considering the injuries of James Robinson and Travis Etienne.
Q: The Jaguars said last year that they wanted their first five picks to be their influencer players. Do they feel the same this year?
A: Well, Jaguar had five picks in the first three rounds last season and they have four this year. So I think the Jaguars will want to get starters with their first four picks, all of which come in the top 70 picks for the draft. Obviously they’ll get starters with pick #1 and #33, while I think the list has so many holes they’ll be able to do the same with numbers 65 and #70. With this said, it’s worth remembering that Jaguars got instant effects from two of the top five. last year’s choices. Travis Etienne’s injury was no one’s fault, but Walker Little and Andre Cisco hardly played.
Q: Who is Jaguar’s most important coach when it comes to the draft process?
A: I like this question. Doug Pederson is the obvious answer but in terms of assistants, I’d go with offensive line coach Phil Rausher. Jaguar cars researched and brought in many different offensive linemen and really sent Rauscher on a nationwide tour in his pro days (Boston College, Central Michigan, Memphis) to work on some of the top recruiting guys. I think he’s taken a great look at the offensive line’s crop this year, and his opinion will obviously mean a lot given the experience.