Mon, 27 Mar 2023

Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars - jaguars.comJohn Oehser

JACKSONVILLE - Tight end continues to be a theme.

So does secondary. And offensive line. And that's perhaps the biggest theme when examining analysts' opinions of the Jaguars nearly three months from the 2023 NFL Draft:

There's no specific theme at all.

With the Miami Dolphins forfeiting the No. 21 selection, the Jaguars will select No. 24 overall in Round 1 of this year's draft - deep enough that projections are largely guesswork. And the 13 analysts in this week's second mock draft tracker varied widely about how they believe the Jaguars will use the selection.

Tight end remains a popular projection, with two analysts - including Joe Broback of the Pro Football Network - projecting Michael Mayer of Notre Dame with the selection.

"There's a debate about who the best tight end is in this class, but Michael Mayer is in every one of those conversations," Broback wrote.

Eric Edholm of projected Georgia tight end Darnell Washington there.

"Jacksonville could use more help defensively, but adding a king-sized blocker and receiver for Trevor Lawrence makes a ton of sense," Edholm wrote.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports projected Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones to the Jaguars at No. 24 overall.

"He's not yet a finished product but he has the athleticism and strength to be a difference-maker when he puts it all together," Wilson wrote.

Secondary was the most popular choice for the Jaguars among this week's 13 analysts, with four projecting a safety or a corner at No. 24. Ian Cummings of the Pro Football Network projected the Jaguars trading with the Washington Commanders and selecting Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon at No. 16 overall.

Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports projected South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith at No. 24.

"The Jags had a ton of comebacks down the stretch last year but would be better served if they didn't get in the position to need to do that in the first place," Fischer wrote. "Smith should help with that, providing an aggressiveness and playmaking ability that would serve an athletic defense well."

Arif Hasan of the Pro Football Network projected Alabama safety Brian Branch there because "Branch can play in the box and defend the run and has shown physicality uncommon for the position."

"He also has experience at cornerback on the inside and outside to complement his in-box and free safety play," Hasan wrote. "The Jaguars could use that versatility and need someone to help out Tyson Campbell, an emerging star at cornerback."

Here's the second 2023 mock draft tracker:

Mocker, Affiliation (Date): Player, position, school

Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network (2/5): Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois (No. 16, trade w/Wash)Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (2/5): Broderick Jones, OL, GeorgiaKyle Stackpole, CBS Sports (2/3): Siaki Ika, DL, BaylorJoe Broback, Pro Football Network (2/3): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameEric Edholm, (2/3): Darnell Washington, TE, GeorgiaChris Trapasso, CBS Sports (2/3): Anton Harrison, OT, OklahomaJosh Edwards, CBS Sports (2/3): Bryan Bresee, DL, ClemsonLuke Easterling, USA Today Draftwire (2/2): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameArif Hasan, Pro Football Network (2/2): Brian Branch, S, AlabamaDoug Farrar, Touchdown Wire (2/1): Devon Witherspoon, CB, IllinoisVinnie Iyer, Sporting News (2/1): Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&MJames Fragoza, Pro Football Network (1/31): Clark Phillips III, CB, UtahBryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/31): Cam Smith, CB, South CarolinaTrevor Sikkema, Pro Football Focus (1/30): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameRyan Wilson, CBS Sports (1/30): Dalton Kincaid, TE, UtahJoe Marino, The Draft Network (1/30): Anton Harrison, OT, OklahomaMark Schofield, SB Nation (1/30): Darnell Washington, TE, GeorgiaNick Baumgardner, The Athletic (1/30): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio StateLuke Easterling, USA Today Draftwire (1/29): Siaki Ika, DL, BaylorOliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network (1/28): Tuli TuipulotuJosh Edwards, CBS Sports (1/26): Darnell Washington, TE, GeorgiaJoe Broback, Pro Football Network (1/26): Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&MMarcus Mosher, Pro Football Focus (1/26): Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&MDoug Farrar, Touchdown Wire (1/26): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameChris Trapasso, CBS Sports (1/25): Anton Harrison, OT, OklahomaIan Cummings, Pro Football Network (1/24): Rashee Rice, WR, Southern MethodistRyan Wilson, CBS Sports (1/23): Dalton Kincaid, TE, UtahVinnie Iyer, Sporting News (1/23): Anton Harrison, OT, OklahomaBucky Brooks, (1/23): Kelee Ringo, CB, GeorgiaThe 33rd Team (1/23): Brian Branch, S/CB, AlabamaDamian Parson, The Draft Network (1/23): Rashee Rice, WR, Southern Methodist

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