The 2020 NFL Draft was filled with lots of surprises and some question marks, everyone and their mother knew Joe Burrow and Chase Young to go to their respective teams but guys like Isaiah Simmons fell to the Cardinals 8th overall. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they played the draft wisely and targeted the positions they needed unlike 2018 where their first round pick was on defensive tackle Taven Bryan who has come nowhere near expectations. Guess that’s what happens when you draft a projected third rounder in the first. WIth Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye out the door, the Jaguars needed a cornerback, they got their man, C.J. Henderson with the 9th overall pick. The Jaguars continued to rebuild their once great defense throughout the draft along with giving Gardner Minshew II a few extra weapons to work with on the other side of the ball.
The Jaguars drafting C.J. Henderson was kind of obvious, he was the best player available for that pick which the Jaguars needed to build on their secondary, why not draft a guy who played for the Gators? Snagging 6 interceptions with two going for touchdowns along with 20 passes defended in just 3 seasons should hopefully help out Rashaan Mevlin and Ronnie Harrison on the backend. The Jaguars were not done in the first round as they selected outside linebacker, K’Lavon Chaisson 20th overall out of LSU, this move was smart due to Telvin Smith retiring last offseason and should gel with fellow linebackers, Joe Schobert and Myles Jack. The Jaguars then drafted wide out from Colorado, Laviska “Viska” Shenault Jr. who should pair well with the other speedsters, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and Pro Bowler, D.J. Chark. Remember that Taven Bryan guy I mentioned in the beginning, Davon Hamilton out of Ohio State may be replacing him soon as the Jaguars target the defensive line with pick 73. With pick 116, the Jaguars will try to replace often injured left tackle, Cam Robinson with burly 6’6”, 305 lbs, Ben Bartch from Saint John’s. The Jaguars went back to corner at pick 137 to select Josiah Scott whose main strength at Michigan State was to cover the slot receiver, anyone curious how he and Henderson could slow down Corey Davis, T.Y. Hilton or Will Fuller V? The Jaguars are at the brink when it comes to the team's salary cap, drafting outside linebacker, Shaquille Quaterman 140th overall out of Florida could set up a Myles Jack trade in the next season or two. Seventeen picks later, free safety, Daniel Thomas out of Auburn was selected as he will try to replace Jarrod Wilson as Jaguars fans are sick of seeing Wilson get burned constantly every game. The Jaguars went receiver again with the 165th overall pick, Collin Johnson from Texas who will be battling it out with C.J. Board and Charone Peake for a roster spot during the preseason. This is a waste of a pick but I shall go on with this article. If Minshew II gets injured or struggles this coming season, fans are not believing in backup quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, maybe Oregon State quarterback, Jake Luton will change that as the Jaguars picked him 189th overall. If Luton isn’t the answer, don’t be too surprised if the Jaguars try to tank for future number one pick, Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson. The Jaguars already have solid tight ends, Tyler Eifert and James O'Shaughnessy however, they are both injury prone so not a bad call to draft Tyler Davis 206th overall out of Georgia Tech. For the Jaguars final pick at 223, they once again targeted cornerback and selected Chris Claybrooks out of Memphis.
There was one position in the draft where many Jaguars fans thought they would target - running back. Last week, the organization announced that Leonard Fournette is on the trading block and despite having a solid rookie campaign, Ryquell Armstead is not ready to be the main back. If the Fournette rumors continue, they should target an undrafted free agent or a solid veteran just in case things don’t go as planned. Outside of that minor hiccup, the Jaguars selections split the uprights!