Sat, 04 Apr 2020

JACKSONVILLE - More and more NFL eyes are turning to April.

With the Super Bowl in the rearview and attention on the future, more and more NFL thoughts turn to the NFL Draft - and as the draft draws nearer, analysts remain focused on a few prominent positions when it comes to the Jaguars.

Defensive tackle, offensive tackle, cornerback ...

Many analysts project some combination of those positions for the Jaguars with their two first-round selections - the Nos. 9 and 20 selections overall - in the 2020 NFL Draft, with the heavy focus with the first of those two selections on interior defensive line.

Five of the draft analysts in the most recent jaguars.com 2020 mock draft tracker projected defensive tackles to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall, with three projecting South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw there.

"Defense must be addressed," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. "While cornerback and linebacker make sense, Kinlaw's freakish size, strength and Chris Jones-like upside is appealing."

Chris Trapasso of CBSSports.com and Nate Davis of USA Today both projected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown to the Jaguars at No. 9.

"Jacksonville's defense needs a boost, especially on the interior of its line, and Brown, to many, is the best defensive tackle prospect in this class," Trapasso wrote.

Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons also remained a popular selection for the Jaguars early, with two of 11 analysts projecting him at No. 9.

"The Jaguars do have needs at cornerback and offensive tackle that could be considered here, but Simmons is a top-five player in this draft and an easy pick," Bleacher Report's Matt Miller wrote.

Cornerback Jeff Okudah of Ohio State is widely considered a Top 5 selection, though two analysts this week had him sliding to the Jaguars at No. 9.

"If Okudah drops this far, the Jaguars would pass on offensive and defensive linemen for him," SB Nation's Dan Kadar wrote.

"The rise of quarterbacks and offensive tackles push an elite prospect like Okudah down; Jacksonville happily accepts their answer to the loss of Jalen Ramsey," Josh Edwards of CBSSports.com wrote.

Analysts opinions varied far more widely at No. 20, with Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson and Kinlaw the only player projected to the Jaguars there by more than one analyst this week.

"The biggest knock on Henderson will be his tackling, but he possesses the length, elite speed and confidence to develop into a premier cover corner at the next level," Hansen wrote.

Others projected this week to the Jaguars at No. 20: Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones, Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs, Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins, Louisiana State cornerback Kristian Fulton, Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet, Southern California offensive tackle Austin Jackson and Texas A&M defensive lineman Justin Madubuike.

"Diggs isn't the best athlete at his position in this class; he's probably the meanest at the line of scrimmage, and his physicality at the catch point leads to many big plays for the defense," Trapasso wrote while projecting Diggs to the Jaguars.

Here's the fourth jaguars.com 2020 mock draft tracker:

No. 9 overall ...

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

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/6): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

R.J. White, CBSSports.com (2/6): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/5): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/4): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Nate Davis, USA Today (2/4): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Chad Reuter, NFL Media Draft Analyst (2/3): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Todd McShay, ESPN (2/3): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (2/3): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/3): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/30): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Lance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst (1/29): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/27): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (1/27): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (1/24): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Mel Kiper, ESPN (1/24): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media (1/21): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Kevin Hanson, MMQB (1/21): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (1/16): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/14): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/14): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (1/14): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/14): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/14): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/13): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/9): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/9): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/7): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/7): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/7): A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/6): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/2): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Greg Bedard, Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/2): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/1): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (12/31): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (12/31): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Luke Easterling, USA Today (12/30): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (12/30): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (12/30): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

No. 20 overall ...

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

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/6): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

R.J. White, CBSSports.com (2/6): Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/5): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/4): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Nate Davis, USA Today (2/4): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Chad Reuter, NFL Media Draft Analyst (2/3): Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Todd McShay, ESPN (2/3): Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (2/3): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/3): Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/30): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Lance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst (1/29): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/27): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com analyst (1/27): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (1/24): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Mel Kiper, ESPN (1/24): Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media (1/21): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Kevin Hanson, MMQB (1/21): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (1/16): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/14): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (1/14): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/14): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/14): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/14): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/13): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/9): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/9): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/7): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/7): Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/7): Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/6): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/2): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Greg Bedard, Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/2): Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/1): Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (12/31): Austin Jackson, LT, Southern California

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (12/31): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Luke Easterling, USA Today (12/30): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (12/30): Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (12/30): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

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