Round 1, Pick No. 7: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Here's a stat: Nick Foles likes throwing to tight ends.
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Foles had a lot of success during his time in Philadelphia mainly the to credit of guys like Zach Ertz and Trey Burton. It makes sense that a quarterback performs better when they're comfortable, and there is nothing like having a reliable tight end to make a signal caller comfortable in any offense. Hockenson might have the highest floor in this draft class. He's a true full-time tight end who can catch, run and block. He'd be an instant starter in Jacksonville's offense.
Round 2, Pick No. 38: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Oh, man, if the start of the draft falls like this for the Jaguars, they should be doing cartwheels. Hockenson is a great pick at No. 7, as long as they can guarantee they can still get some offensive line help in the rest of the Top 100. That's what I bet on when I started his mock draft, and that came to fruition.
Risner is the perfect plug-and-play right tackle fix for the Jaguars. It allows them to keep Cam Robinson at left tackle for at least another season, and fixes what was one of the biggest needs on the offensive line.
Round 3, Pick No. 69: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
Defensive line isn't super high on the need list or Jacksonville, as they do still have Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Taven Bryan, Marcell Dareus and Dawuane Smoot, but I'll never tell a team they shouldn't draft a pass rusher. I am not Allen's biggest fan. I am in the camp that he's more of a tweener type than a true edge, which limits the kind of output I expect from him -- being average at most thing while not elite in one area of pass rush -- but that works within this Jacksonville depth chart. He can be a rotational rusher that gives them versatility in where they play him (anywhere from 5-tech to 3-tech).
Round 3, Pick No. 98: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Foles' contract makes me think the Jaguars won't hit on quarterback early unless the price is really right. But as for late Day 2, I can still totally see them making a run at one of the quarterbacks that are left. If Grier is still here at this point, it makes sense as a guy that needs time to develop but has a decently high ceiling. That could time up with how long Foles will be in Jacksonville (likely two or three years).
Round 4, Pick No. 110: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
It feels like the Jaguars have a lot of receivers, but they all feel like the same guy; Westbrook, Chark, Conley, Cole, etc. They all feel like speed players down the field, but that's sort of a drastic change, not exactly a compliment, if they still want to be a power running and play action based offense.
If that's still their goal, getting a bigger receiver like Wesley, who has some speed elements to his game still, would make a lot of sense, I think.
Round 6, Pick No. 179: Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
Look, I'm going to be honest with you. I don't know how much longer Leonard Fournette is going to be a thing in Jacksonville. Behind him right now they got: Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls and Benny Cunningham. Safe to say they'll probably pick a running back or two in this draft.
Weber really impressed me this season. Even while being a compliment to J.K. Dobbins, Weber's speed popped every week. He has good vision for a shifty back, and he can be used in the receiving game.
Round 7, Pick No. 238: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
I chose Wesley earlier in the draft to be a big body receiver, but even Wesley still has more finesse to his game than you'd expect for a taller receiver. Hurd, on the other hand, has untapped potential at receiver with a lot of strength and balance in that 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame. I might even prioritize him over a guy like Wesley -- but I knew I could get Hurd later in the draft. Hurd and Hockenson would be the immediate go-to's in short yardage and red zone situations, a consistency element that does not exist in Jacksonville.