It was another losing season down in Jacksonville in 2019. The Jaguars finished 6-10 and at the bottom of the AFC South. Since being led to the AFC Championship Game by Blake Bortles, this has been a team in a complete downward spiral. And they still have a ton of work to do.
Jacksonville will enter 2020 without a reliable quarterback on their roster. Nick Foles received a contract that will grossly overpay him over four years and Gardner Minshew is still young. Doug Marrone will return as head coach for some reason and the defense is questionable. Mix all this together and you get another top 10 pick.
The Jaguars will have the No. 9 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They are a team with plenty of needs and can fill one immediately by nailing this pick. Here are two perfect fits for the Jaguars in the upcoming draft.
2. Isaiah Simmons, LB
Simmons is one of the most dynamic players in the draft. The Clemson product is listed as a linebacker but can line up at multiple positions. Simmons is 6’4, 230 pounds with incredible athleticism and speed.
Playing for a winning program is significant. Simmons is coming from a championship caliber team under one of the best coaches in the nation in Dabo Swinney. His versatility will give any NFL team multiple players in one. Simmons can line up in the slot and take snaps from the safety position. He will enter the draft as the top-ranked linebacker.
Simmons could go anywhere in this draft. The New York Giants could take him at No. 4 or he could fall into the late first round. Jacksonville is a team that needs to upgrade their linebacking corps and Simmons would do just that.
1. Andrew Thomas, OL
Thomas has been ranked as the top offensive lineman in the draft since the beginning of mock drafts. The thought of him falling out of the top-five seemed impossible but it has taken new light. Thomas has recently been jumped by Jedrick Wills Jr. in mock drafts. Mekhi Becton is another name that could be taken before Thomas.
The Jaguars should not be concerned with the reason for Thomas’ falling in the draft. If he is available, they should just say thank you and take him. Thomas played left tackle for the last two seasons at Georgia protecting Jake Fromm. And dominated in doing so. Thomas is a monster who can protect a quarterback’ blindside for years to come.
The Jaguars are a team that does not know their quarterback situation. If they chose to go with a younger signal caller, then they will need to bolster their offensive line. There is no better way to do so than by drafting an anchor at left tackle.