The 2020 NFL draft is quickly approaching, but before it kicks off on April 23, free agency will make an impact on every team’s biggest draft needs.
We’ll update this series as free-agent signings trickle in.
Until then, here are the Jacksonville Jaguars’ team needs heading into the 2020 NFL draft.
At one point the Jaguars had one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL in Jalen Ramsey and a high priced free agent AJ Bouye. Now, the Jaguars have neither after shipping Ramsey to the Rams and Bouye to the Broncos. Without a starting-caliber cornerback, the Jaguars will likely need to use one of their two first-round picks on a corner.
Marcel Dareus didn’t get cut because he wasn’t performing; rather it saved the team $20 million against the salary cap. With Dareus gone, the Jaguars could use someone to fill his void as a run stuffer. Auburn’s Derrick Brown would make sense.
Last year’s third-round pick, Josh Oliver, had an injury-riddled rookie season. The Jaguars have to add another option to the depth chart and with this year’s draft flooded with Day-3 prospects at the position, they should be able to add one in the later rounds.
Cam Robinson is a solid left tackle and AJ Cann has done well at right guard. But there are several elite tackle prospects in this year’s class. There’s a chance the Jaguars will select one in the first round and kick Robinson inside to guard.
The loss of Telvin Smith really hurt the Jaguars last season. Myles Jack’s year ended on injured reserve. This is a big need area for Jacksonville and there are a few first-round-worthy linebackers in this year’s class.