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Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 NFL Draft Class Recap

  • The Draft Network
  • April 29, 2020
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The Jaguars entered the 2020 NFL Draft with 12 picks, tied for the second-most of any team. 

The offseason has been a year of transition after they traded franchise cornerstones Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye and are inevitably parting ways with Yannick Ngakoue. 

With the litany of picks, Jacksonville needed to infuse depth and acquire as much talent as possible all while keeping its long term vision intact. The Jaguars came away with a massive haul. 

Jacksonville's 2020 draft picks:

Best Pick: K'Lavon Chaisson

With Ngakoue’s status in jeopardy, the Jaguars had to enter the draft weekend with eyes on his eventual replacement. They found insurance. Chaisson is a carbon copy of the type of edge rusher Jacksonville has taken a liking to in the past. Even though his production has been limited, Chaisson already has the baseline traits in order to turn into a productive starter down the road.

Biggest Surprise: Laviska Shenault Jr.

This is more of a surprise of where Shenault was selected rather than the pick itself. He was tabbed as a first-round selection, but injuries and durability concerns caused him to fall down the board. Teams hesitant and now the Jaguars get a player that could turn into a promising NFL receiver.

Day 3 Sleeper: Ben Bartch

Jacksonville’s offensive line is, at best, mediocre. It needs help along the interior and at offensive tackle. Bartch brings positional flexibility to play either; with Cam Robinson entering a contract year, Bartch could stay at home at his natural position: left tackle.

X-Factor: C.J. Henderson

The Jaguars needed a lot of help at cornerback. With Jalen Ramsey and now Bouye gone, there's a huge hole in the secondary for young talent to step in and contribute right away. Welcoming Henderson into the fold; he enters a situation where he could be an instant impact player.

Summary

Jacksonville is entering a new era and attempting to do a rebuild on the fly. The Jaguars are in prime position to turn the tide quicker than imagined. Henderson and Chaisson give them two immediate starters, and there’s still plenty of capital to build on in the future. 

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