I noted during the Best and Worst of Jacksonville’s Draft Class that the Jaguars landed two of my top 10 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Anytime that a franchise hits like that on their first two picks, they’re going to get relatively high marks for the overall class.
While I wasn’t as high on the rest of Jacksonville’s class, only one selection stood out that I would take a total mulligan on. Before we get into that, here is how their draft haul panned out:
Round 1, Pick 7: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Round 2, Pick 35: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Round 3, Pick 69: Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
Round 3, Pick 98: Quincy Williams, SAF, Murray State
Round 5, Pick 140: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Round 6, Pick 178: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
Round 7, Pick 235: Dontavius Russell, DT, Auburn
Now, to be fair, Jacksonville has had a major change to their roster since the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Star linebacker Telvin Smith announced that he’ll be taking the season off due to personal reasons, leaving a hole in the Jaguars depth chart. There were rumblings that this may happen prior to the draft, but Smith gave the formal announcement last week.
Jacksonville seemingly had an idea about Smith’s situation when they selected hybrid safety and linebacker Quincy Williams from Murray State. However, I would’ve looked at other options at that stage that may have filled his spot even better.
Draft Mulligan: Quincy Williams for Alabama LB Mack Wilson
Williams was a draft day surprise at pick 98, as Quinnen’s older brother is coming from the FCS/HBCU level. Williams was a redshirt senior who didn’t have an NFL Combine invite or a pro day workout. Despite being an older prospect with unverified athleticism and a larger leap in competition ahead of him, Williams was a productive player at Murray State.
The 5’11, 225 pounder filled multiple spots at both strong safety and linebacker, piling up 231 tackles in his college career. He’s lightning in a bottle as a hitter, an athletic force in the middle of a defense. But those concerns over him as a prospect seemingly made him more of a Day 3 selection, and Jacksonville chose him over Mack Wilson.
Wilson had outstanding ball productivity as a coverage linebacker at Alabama, and he provides similar hitting power to Williams. Wilson has better size at 240 pounds, and was named All-SEC as a true junior. Wilson fell in the NFL Draft due to maturity concerns, but I saw a Day 2 prospect on film.
While replacing Telvin Smith with a third-round rookie is a bit unrealistic, Wilson has obvious starter upside. Past 2019, he could have served as the primary backup to all three linebacker spots and be used in sub packages due to his coverage ability.
Overall, his potential ceiling is something that should have been bet on once the later portions of the 3rd round came along. With Telvin Smith on the roster or not, his fit seemed natural and would have provided value by that stage.
Jacksonville admitted to attempting to trade out of pick 98, likely looking to add Williams later on while adding draft capital. It’s even entirely possible that the relative unknown could’ve have been available with their next selection.
Due to that, I would have either chosen Mack Wilson or looked at a different position entirely with the 98th pick.