Fix-it Friday: The 2021 Jacksonville Jaguars

I’m bringing back my “Fix-it Friday” series this offseason. Each article will feature a new team, in order of the draft order, where I will go over the moves they can make in free agency and the draft, as well as head coach and general manager firings/hirings.

First up is the Jacksonville Jaguars. They clinched the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with their loss to the Bears in Week 16. They finished the season with just one win, after winning their first game of the season. Since their incredible run in 2017 in which they reached the AFC Championship game, the Jaguars record is 12-36.

Cap Space: $77.6 mil

Head Coach and General Manager:

The Jags already fired GM Dave Caldwell earlier this season. They are in the midst of interviewing several candidates for the open spot. Among them so far are current interim-GM Trent Baalke (former 49ers GM), Louis Riddick (long-time Pro Personnel Director and current MNF analyst), Jerry Reese (former Giants GM), and Rick Smith (former Texans GM).

Baalke built up the 49ers into a Super Bowl team, mainly through the draft. Smith has made many great selections in the draft between Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and JJ Watt. Riddick is intriguing as a candidate who has been in the media the last few years, a la Mike Mayock.

The Jaguars also fired Head Coach Doug Marrone this week. If I’m any team looking for a head coach, Eric Bienemy is at the top of my list. Andy Reid has a lot of control over the Chiefs offense and he continues to call plays, but Bienemy has learned directly from Reid for years and certainly has influence over the offense. Just imagine Trevor Lawrence in an offense like the Chiefs.

However, it seems like the Jags have zeroed in on former Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer. Wherever Meyer goes, he wins. He’s more of a CEO type at head coach rather than an offensive or defensive guru. If the hire is Meyer, Jags fans should be excited.

Cut/Trade:

The Jaguars are in a rare position, one I never saw last offseason, where they don’t really need to make any cuts. They made a lot of cuts and trades last offseason to dump their big contracts. The only “big” contracts they have now are with their best players. Plus, they have $77.6 million in cap space. The Jaguars can do a lot in free agency without needing to shift much money around.

Resign:

Cam Robinson, OT

Keenan Cole, WR

Dawuane Smoot, DL

Adam Gotsis, EDGE

Sidney Jones IV, CB

Dakota Allen, LB

Dustin Colquitt, P

Aldrick Rosas, K

Free Agency:

The way I write about free agency in these articles is by breaking up the free agents in three tiers. Tier One has the A-list players that will demand top dollar on the market. Tier Two contains players that are plug-and-play starters on nearly every roster that will require big contracts, just not the max. Tier Three is filled with players that can start but are relatively cheap, whether they have been back ups so far in their career, or a vet declining. And, each team’s free agency list is catered to not only their needs, but realistic options. For example, I don’t think a lot of top prospects will be dying to get to the Jets, while the Chiefs may be able to add some better players who are willing to take a discount.

Tier One:

Chris Godwin, WR

Brandon Scherff, G

Joe Thuney, G

Justin Simmons, FS

Kenny Golladay, WR

Leonard Williams, DL

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR

Tier Two:

Sammy Watkins, WR

Mike Pouncey, C

Corey Linsley, C

A.J Green, WR

Patrick Peterson, CB

Russell Okung, OT

T.Y. Hilton, WR

Anthony Harris, FS

Lavonte David, LB

Alex Mack, C

K.J. Wright, LB

Corey Davis, WR

Alejandro Villanueva, OT

Jason McCourty, CB

Mike Hilton, CB

Malik Hooker, S

Keanu Neal, SS

Nelson Agholor, WR

Desmond King, CB

Tier Three:

Marvin Jones, WR

Josh Norman, CB

Willie Snead, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Kyler Fackrell, LB

Sean Lee, LB

John Ross, WR

Daniel Sorensen, SS

Austin Blythe, G

Jimmy Smith, CB

Will Fuller, WR

Karl Joseph, SS

Demarcus Robinson, WR

Daryl Williams, OT

Andrew Sendejo, SS

Matt Skura, C

Quinton Dunbar, CB

Marcus Maye, FS

Curtis Samuel, WR

Chidobe Awuzie, CB

Jason Verrett, CB

Taylor Moton, OT

Tedric Thompson, S

John Johnson, SS

Shaquill Griffin, CB

Tim Patrick, WR

Levi Wallace, CB

Draft:

Each pick (outside of the first overall pick) will have multiple options, all depending on who may be available. These may be all options at one position, or a couple options at different positions.

Round One:

1st Overall:

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Everyone in the football world knows Lawrence will be the first overall pick to the Jags. Don’t mind any rumors about a trade, including for Deshaun Watson. The Jags do not have a good roster, are ready for a couple year rebuild, and they’ll start it with the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck.

21st Overall:

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Jags should invest in an offensive tackle with this pick. There should be a couple first-round worthy tackles when the Jags are picking at 21st overall. They can also add a weapon for Lawrence with a receiver like Bateman, who is a big, physical, 50/50 ball winning receiver like Lawrence had at Clemson with Tee Higgins.

Round Two:

33rd Overall:

Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

Once again, the Jags need to add a weapon for Lawrence if they don’t select one at 21 overall. They can also add a cornerback. They traded away Jalen Ramsey last year and selected C.J. Henderson in the first round last draft. They can create a great young cornerback duo with the selection of a cornerback with this pick.

44th Overall:

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Continuing the trend of these positions, the Jags can scoop up whichever position they ignored with the 21st and 33rd overall selections.

Round Three:

65th Overall:

Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

I’ve mentioned received multiple times before, and offensive tackle. I’m not a big fan of taking an offensive tackle outside the top 50 picks. If I’m investing in an offensive tackle, I want to use a top 50 pick. However, I love interior offensive linemen between 50-100 picks. Outside of receiver, the Jags can also add a great tight end beside Tyler Eifert, who had a breakout season.

Round 4:

96th Overall:

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Ben Cleveland, IOL, Georgia

Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

The Jags need to invest in the secondary in this draft. Assuming they’ve already selected a cornerback, they should also add a safety in this draft. I love Myles Jack, but he needs a running mate at linebacker. Browning has been inconsistent this year, but his top form is one of the best in this draft class.

116th Overall:

Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Drake Johnson, IOL, Kentucky

Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Merlin Robertson, LB, Arizona State

This group of options is all about cleaning up the last two weeks on whichever position wasn’t selected. These are the positions the Jags should focus on in the draft to fill out some depth holes.

Round 5:

128th Overall:

Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Dante Stills II, DL, West Virginia

Zamir White, RB, Georgia

Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

UDFA James Robinson was incredible for the Jags this year and a huge value. With that being said, they need to give some depth behind him. Every team needs multiple running backs who can step in and play any given week. Justyn Ross missed this whole season with a knee injury, but he still declared for the draft. He was a projected first round pick over the summer, so why not throw a late fifth-round pick at him?

151st Overall:

Jovian Hawkins, RB, Louisville

Dimitri Moore, LB, Vanderbilt

Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia

Tedarrell Slaton, DL, Florida

Once again, the Jags can add depth to these positions with these picks, behind James Robinson and Myles Jack. They have a really good defensive line, but they do have some financial decisions this offseason.

Round 7:

191st Overall:

Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State

Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

T.J. Carter, CB, Memphis

David Moore, IOL, Grambling

215th Overall:

Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss

Emerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa

Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

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