The Jacksonville Jaguars front office needs to spend just five seconds in choosing their first overall draft pick. Their other first-round pick at number 25 will need much more thinking.
With four selections in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft, the Jaguars can become very good very quickly. If the team makes the most of their picks, they will be on the right track to reach the heights of their Sacksonville season.
Below are three options for Jacksonville.
1. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jaguars have needs all around the roster, but could seriously use some help in the safety position. The team has solid options in Rayshawn Jenkins and Jarrod Wilson, but Jacksonville can still use an upgrade.
Moehrig is arguably the best prospect at the position. He has ideal size at 6’2, 202 pounds, and is a natural playmaker with his ball-hawking skills. Moehrig has a high football IQ and it shows in how quickly he can recognize plays. He is able to bully receivers when attempting contested catches and is a fluid athlete.
Moehrig is a positive against the run and fearlessly takes on bigger matchups. These are important as Jacksonville takes on the Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry twice a year. No shame on Moehrig though if he gets stiff-armed by Henry.
The downside to him is that he does not have blazing speed and occasionally gets caught out of position.
2. Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
The interior of the Jaguars defensive line could use some help. In a combined 24 games last season, the tandem of Taven Bryan and Roy Robertson-Harris had a total of 0.5 sack. The defense is in need of an interior pass rush.
Similar to Moehrig, Barmore is widely regarded as the best prospect at his position. At 6’5, 310 pounds, Barmore has an NFL-ready body and was a nightmare for offensive linemen to deal with. He is a powerful athlete and uses his hands well, so he can help blow up a play. These are also the reasons why blockers have a difficult time engaging him.
He plays with aggression and is an energy guy, who can fire up the whole defense. Barmore consistently generates pressure on the quarterback and has this sudden burst at the line of scrimmage. He should also be sold against the run, although he was used more in passing situations.
Barmore’s technique could use some work as he has this tendency to play too high, which helps his matchup get under and control him. He has this reliable swim move, but he should add some more moves and counters to his repertoire.
3. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
With Trevor Lawrence playing under center, the team should do everything in their power to protect him. The interior of the offensive line has solid pass protectors in Andrew Norwell and Brandon Linder. The Jaguars tackles are a different story altogether. Cam Robinson is inconsistent in pass protection while Jawaan Taylor regressed in this department.
This is where Cosmi comes in. He is a long and strong offensive tackle. Cosmi has an ideal size of 6’7 and 309 pounds. His game is not flashy, but effective. He has refined techniques, which he uses to neutralize pass rushers.
His run blocking is solid, but not at the same level as his work in passing downs.