NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Giants, Patriots trade up; Redskins land defensive help
As the draft draws nearer, it’s becoming clearer that the Jaguars are going target help on the offensive line. They have a solid set-up on the interior, but they need help particularly at right tackle.
The Jaguars let Jeremy Parnell go this offseason. He had previously been their starter at right tackle. Now, the team has former fourth-round pick Will Richardson and former Bengals first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi as the two options at the position. That’s not exactly an awe-inspiring duo, so adding some extra talent would make sense.
Additionally, it’s notable that left tackle Cam Robinson missed most of last season after suffering an early-season injury. He has been inconsistent to start his career, so the Jaguars could think about moving him to the right side if they draft a left tackle.
Jawaan Taylor is arguably the best tackle in this class and well may be the first one off the board. He has a nice frame (6-5, 312 pounds) and showed that he has good athletic ability and really good footwork at Florida. He should be a road-grader in the run game and he has the pass protection skills needed to stop top edge rushers.
Taylor could be a natural fit on the right side for the Jaguars and really plug the hole they have there. Or, they could try and play him at left tackle, though playing on the right side might suit him better.
If the Jaguars aren’t fans of Taylor, Jonah Williams could be the pick here. But for the moment, Taylor possesses more upside and seems to be the favorite to land with the Jaguars. The Giants could also consider Taylor with the sixth overall pick.