The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the 7th overall pick in April’s draft. That sounds like it’s a great pick, but that may not be the case.
It’s been well documented that the Jaguars need offensive help. Everyone knows it, and that may be a liability as the draft approaches.
Here’s the problem, the Jaguars are likely, and rightly so, to be targeting wide receivers in the first couple of rounds in the draft. That makes good sense. The problem is that the 7th overall pick isn’t conducive to drafting a wide receiver and getting good value for the pick.
At 7th overall, the Jaguars are likely to just miss out on Justin Blackmon. Many mock drafts have him going to the Rams at 6th overall, and a few mock drafts have him going to the Browns at 4th overall.
The other legitimate option for the Jaguars at that position would be to draft Michael Floyd. That would be the very definition of a reach. Most mocks have him being picked around the 20th pick of the draft.
If the Jaguars do decide that they’d like to draft Floyd, they’ll likely hope that QB Ryan Tennehill falls to 7th overall. If that happens, the Jaguars could use him as leverage to trade down, especially if it appears the Dolphins are ready to pick him at 8th overall.
The other option, and one I support strongly, is for the Jaguars to trade up if Blackmon slides past the Browns at 4th overall. If that happens, I would be fully in support of the Jaguars leap-frogging the Rams and trading up to the Buccaneers position at 5th overall. It would likely be a relatively expensive 2 slot move, but Justin Blackmon is an amazing athlete, and he would make a great #1 wide receiver for the Jaguars.
Of course, there’s the possibility that the Jaguars may continue to hunt around in free agency for a couple players to fill in for another season, but that’s not a great idea. Gabbert is already being written off by some as a “bust,” and he desperately needs receivers to throw to. My advice to the Jaguars is to get him some targets.