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After improving his all-around game in 2019, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue isn’t viewed as one of the top 10 best free agents in the 2020 offseason by one major platform but is still seen as one of the top edge defenders on the market.

On Tuesday, Pro Football Focus released its list of the top 50 available free agents in the impending offseason. Ngakoue, who is Jacksonville’s most anticipated free agent in several years, was listed 18th by PFF. Ngakoue is the No. 3 ranked edge defender on the list, behind Shaquil Barrett and Jadeveon Clowney.

While an argument can certainly be made for Ngakoue to be higher on this list after a rebound 2019 season, in which he improved as a run defender on his way to notching eight sacks and four forced fumbles, PFF makes the argument that Ngakoue has been a good but not dominant player, hence his ranking at 18.

“Ngakoue has followed his collegiate profile as a good pass-rusher and below-average run defender (career-high grade of 60.0 in 2018). His best season came in 2017, as he graded at 81.0 overall to go with an 88.2 pass-rush grade and 82 total pressures (14 sacks, 15 QB hits, 53 hurries). Over the last two years, he’s posted pass-rush grades of 76.8 in 2018 and 77.5 this season, both solid numbers but not at the 2017 level that had Ngakoue looking like the next great pass-rusher in the NFL,” PFF said. “At just 25 years old, he looks like a strong presence off the edge for the foreseeable future, but his questionable run defense coupled with the fact that more valuable positions are hitting the open market has us lower on him than most.”

It is a bit surprising to see Ngakoue this low on PFF’s free agent rankings considering his age, track record of production (37.5 sacks and 13 forced fumbles in four seasons), and the value of his position. With that said, there are a number of talented offensive weapons and other front-seven defenders in this year’s free agency crop, such as Barrett and Clowney, Corey Littleton, Jack Conklin, Justin Simmons, A.J. Green, Amari Cooper, Chris Jones, and Brandon Scherff.

Considering the position Ngakoue plays and his history in the NFL, he is almost assuredly going to command one of the largest contracts amongst all edge players in the NFL. Whether the deal comes from the Jaguars is a whole other question, but Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said bringing back Ngakoue would be the team’s top priority moving forward after the 2019 season ended.

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Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo was named a Second Team All-Pro for the 2019 NFL season.

Lambo set the franchise record this season with 33 field goals in 2019. Mike Hollis had held the record with two 31 field goals in the 1997 and 1999 NFL seasons.

Last Sunday after the Jaguars’ victory against the Indianapolis Colts, Lambo stated he was “super, super pleased with this season” after the season he had kicking missing only one kick on the season.

Snubbed for getting recognition in the Pro Bowl (first alternate), Lambo hoped the media would recognize the All-Pro team was not a fan vote, only now getting named second-team All Pro.

“Obviously, Justin Tucker is the best there is, but not this season,” Lambo said last Sunday. After missing only one kick on the year Lambo’s confidence has sky-rocketed. “I don’t think there’s anybody better than that right now.”

In a season of disappointments, it’s good to see a few bright spots, of which Lambo certainly was one.

The only other Jaguars player to receive any All-Pro votes was punter Logan Cooke.

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2019 was a dissapointing season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. No matter which way you cut it, a 6-10 record and a 2-4 record against AFC South teams is an unmitigated failure for a team who was hoping to rebound from 2018.

Despite the failures of last season though, there were a few positives to glean from the year. Among those were the emergence and flashes of several younger players on the roster on both sides of the ball.

For 2020 to be an improvement, and for head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell to keep their jobs secured, it would be prudent for Jacksonville to give these players larger roles ad more opportunities to impact games next year. Here are a few who have earned such roles:

RB Ryquell Armstead

Jacksonville made it clear week in and week out that the entire offense ran through third-year running back Leonard Fournette. In 15 games, Fournette touched the ball 341 times and played a staggering 83% of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps for the season. Because of the dependency on Fournette, rookie running back Ryquell Armstead became an afterthought. Armstead, a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, played more than 10 snaps only four times while Fournette was active, and only had 35 carries, the least a Jaguars’ backup running back has ever had in a season.

But when Armstead was given chances in 2019, he impressed. He scored only one less touchdown (two) than Fournette (three), and flashed the ability to spell Fournette without the offense losing a beat, showing good burst and ability to break tackles. He impressed the most as a pass-catcher, though. He caught 14 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, a 10.3 yard per catch average. For context, Fournette averaged 6.9 yards per reception.

Fournette will be a centerpiece for Jacksonville as long as he is healthy and on the roster, but Armstead deserves to get more touches in 2019.

DL Dawuane Smoot

Playing 38% of the Jaguars’ defensive snaps in 2019, versatile defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot had a breakout season. Entering the year with zero career sacks through two seasons, Smoot recorded six in a rotational role this past season, earning the praise, and trust, of his teammates and coaches.

Smoot mostly played defensive tackle on passing downs, giving the Jaguars an interior push with Calais Campbell and Taven Bryan. Smoot was purely a rotational player in 2019, but he was able to produce on third downs at a high rate thanks to improved block shedding ability. He deserves to see more snaps in 2020, especially in the base defense. Entering a contract season, now is the time to see if he can handle an expanded role.

DE Josh Allen

Unlike the previously listed players, rookie defensive end Josh Allen played a good bit for Jacksonville in 2019. But even with Allen playing a key role on the Jaguars’ defense, there is always room for this role to grow. Allen started only four games in 2019 and played 60% or more of the defensive snaps in only five games — the first five games of the season.

Despite playing only 60% of the defense’s snaps on a whole in 2019, Allen led the team in sacks with 10.5, and also recorded two forced fumbles, 11 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback hits. Allen deserves to have more responsibilities in 2020, ideally becoming an every-down player like he should have been toward the end of 2019.

LB Donald Payne

Third-year linebacker Donald Payne only played three defensive snaps in the first two seasons of his career, each with Jacksonville. After the Jaguars cut him before the 2019 season started, he was brought back in Week 8 to once again serve in a special-teams only role. That changed when starting middle linebacker Myles Jack was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, opening the door for Payne to start the final five games of the season.

In those starts, Payne showed massive improvement from week to week and produced at a much higher level than Najee Goode, Austin Calitro, and Quincy Williams. Whether he should start in 2020 is a different question, but he should at least be given increased reps in training camp and see some looks on Sundays.

QB Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew started 12 games for Jacksonville in 2019, and ultimately played in 14 games. So how should his role increase in 2020? For starters, he should be declared the starting quarterback before training camp and given the keys to start the next 16 games as he tries to prove if he can be a franchise passer or not.

In Minshew’s first eight starts, the return of Nick Foles was always an elephant in the room, as was the fact that Minshew was playing in an offense designed specifically for Foles instead of himself. In 2020, Minshew shouldn’t have to worry about either of these things. As long as the Jaguars do not add another big name to the quarterback room, they should build the 2020 offense around Minshew and let him lead them for the entirety of the season.

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NFL draft weekend turns into a series of possibilities after thinking the event is made up of certainties.

What if LSU quarterback Joe Burrow doesn’t go No. 1 overall?

What if the Miami Dolphins didn’t tank for Tua Tagovailoa?

What if the league places more emphasis on stopping the run to counter the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans’ offensive attacks?

Each decision creates a cascading effect. That’s why it’s never smart to become enamored with a specific prospect instead of taking into account the many variables.

The first thing to expect is the unexpected because the draft never goes as planned.

Front offices run through numerous possibilities in preparation for the draft. Let’s do the same by aligning some surprising names with specific organizations. The pairings are built on numerous qualifiers like playing a position which isn’t an obvious team need, or a different name than most expect, or a potential top-line veteran possibly moving on and needing to be replaced.

These pairings aren’t meant to serve as a mock draft or even the favorite for each particular team, but they should be considered possibilities if circumstances fall a certain way.

 

Atlanta Falcons: RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
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Georgia’s D’Andre Swift is sure to be a local favorite for the Atlanta Falcons, but his potential draft selection is more complicated.

The running back position isn’t a significant concern in Atlanta, with Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill already on the roster. At the same time, the Falcons’ rushing offense went from fifth overall in 2016, when the team made a Super Bowl run, to 30th this season.

Freeman turns 28 years old in March, and his contract is far more manageable in its last three years. In fact, the team can save $3.5 million against the salary cap if it releases the veteran this year. The savings are significantly more in 2021 and 2022.

Landing the draft’s top back to complement an already-elite aerial attack will make the Falcons far more potent.

Arizona Cardinals: TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
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Kliff Kingsbury’s offense didn’t look like what many expected in his first season as an NFL head coach. Yes, the Arizona Cardinals still employed four-receiver sets with more frequency than any other squad by a significant margin. Yet, they had one or even two tight ends on the field 59 percent of the time.

Maxx Williams turned into a fantastic offseason addition as an in-line option. Charles Clay finished sixth on the team with 237 receiving yards. But Clay is a free agent.

The Cardinals should have an opportunity to draft the class’ top tight end to replace Clay and provide the offense with even more flexibility in the first half of the second round.

Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins is both a big target (6’5″, 245 lbs) and a competent slot option. He did most of his work split out wide as part of the passing game. He can do the same in Arizona.

Baltimore Ravens: RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
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Mark Ingram II was a vital component to a Baltimore Ravens offense that set a single-season NFL record with 3,296 rushing yards.

Ingram is the hammer. His physical, downhill running style keeps defenses honest. They can’t just key in on quarterback Lamar Jackson to slow him down because the interior running game can be just as effective.

So, why would the Ravens need to add another running back?

First, Ingram turned 30 in December. Second, Baltimore can continue to build upon a strength. Finally, Clemson’s Travis Etienne is too enticing not to strongly consider. The 5’10”, 210-pound back isn’t as big as Ingram, but he’s just as difficult to tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, Etienne set a record by breaking a tackle on 46 percent of his carries during the 2019 season.

Buffalo Bills: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
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The Buffalo Bills already boast the NFL’s fourth-best passing defense and a first-team All-Pro cornerback in Tre’Davious White. However, their secondary isn’t quite complete.

The Bills should look at addressing their front seven since they can improve along their interior and add more of a pass rush. But they shouldn’t overlook the possibility of adding a bookend to White.

Kevin Johnson and Levi Wallace are solid second and third outside corners, although both are listed at 185 pounds or less and the former is a free agent. Alabama’s Trevon Diggs (6’2″, 207 pounds) would be a bigger, more physical option to complement the entire position group.

According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs allowed only 22 receptions all season and a 44.5 passer rating.

In the pass-first NFL, there’s no harm in having too many quality cornerbacks.

Carolina Panthers: QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
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The Carolina Panthers will have a serious conversation about their quarterback situation at some point this offseason. New head coach and football czar Matt Rhule already has three options to consider.

Former MVP Cam Newton remains at the forefront, but a foot injury wiped out his 2019 campaign. The Panthers can save $19.1 million or more by releasing or trading the soon-to-be 31-year-old.

Kyle Allen and Will Grier are still on the roster, too. Allen played well in Newton’s stead but doesn’t necessarily fit the mold Rhule seems to like. The same can be said of Grier, a 2019 third-round pick.

Rhule’s collegiate teams often relied on mobile quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts certainly fits the bill. And Rhule saw firsthand how talented Hurts is when Baylor lost twice against Oklahoma this season.

Chicago Bears: QB Jordan Love, Utah State
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The Chicago Bears eventually must consider moving past Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback. They aren’t ready to give up on the 2017 second overall pick, but it wouldn’t hurt them to hedge their bet.

Chicago shouldn’t sink another first-round pick into the position, and it doesn’t even have one in 2020 thanks to the Khalil Mack trade. The front office also traded away its third- and fourth-round picks.

A second-round investment in a quality, young option to develop is a different conversation, especially since the Bears have two second-rounders in this year’s draft.

Utah State’s Jordan Love didn’t perform as well as expected in 2019. The early entrant posted a 20-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His natural skill set is obvious, though.

Love would give the Bears a safety net, while the front office could say he’s a developmental project to avoid immediately challenging Trubisky.

Cincinnati Bengals: DE Chase Young, Ohio State
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The Cincinnati Bengals are all but certain to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner displayed the best pocket presence, anticipation and overall ball placement of any prospect over the last decade.

However, Burrow isn’t the only elite prospect in this year’s class.

Up until about a month-and-a-half ago, Ohio State’s Chase Young remained in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick. Young is in the same class as Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Nick Bosa.

At 6’5″ and 265 pounds with an explosive first step, frightening power and excellent flexibility, the FBS leader with 16.5 sacks is a tailor-made NFL defensive end. Cincinnati should at least consider the possibility of selecting him, although everyone knows which direction the franchise is leaning.

Cleveland Browns: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
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If the Cleveland Browns select anything other than an offensive lineman with the 10th overall pick, it will be a massive upset. They need to replace both starting offensive tackles, and right guard remains a sore spot.

But offensive line isn’t Cleveland’s only major concern.

The Browns may not have a starting-caliber safety on the roster going into the draft since Damarious Randall is a free agent and 31-year-old Morgan Burnett is a likely salary-cap casualty.

Defensive tackle is a less obvious need, but Cleveland struggles at the point of attack. Larry Ogunjobi, in particular, severely disappointed last season.

Cleveland should legitimately consider bypassing both offensive tackle and safety if Auburn’s Derrick Brown is on the board at No. 10. Brown can be inserted at 1-technique alongside Sheldon Richardson, Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon to complete a defensive front that was supposed to be the team’s strength last season.

Dallas Cowboys: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
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The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, linebacker Jaylon Smith, right tackle La’el Collins and running back Ezekiel Elliott to long-term contracts last year. Quarterback Dak Prescott is up next.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Amari Cooper remains in limbo.

Dallas has plenty of salary-cap space in 2020, according to Spotrac, but that doesn’t mean a deal will get done. Cooper is one of the top available free agents after being named to his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons.

As such, the Cowboys could enter the draft with wide receiver in the crosshairs. They could find a replacement at Cooper’s old school.

Henry Ruggs III is a blazing-fast option to pair with Michael Gallup. It wouldn’t be ideal, but the Cowboys placed themselves in this position by not signing Cooper to an extension yet.

Denver Broncos: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
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The Broncos may seem set at safety as long as they re-sign Justin Simmons this offseason. However, he isn’t the only long-term issue at the position.

Kareem Jackson turns 32 this year. In 2021, the Broncos can release him and save $10 million toward the salary cap.

Will Parks, who bounced between safety and cornerback, is a free agent.

Sometimes a position isn’t as secure as it seems.

Alabama’s Xavier McKinney is a do-it-all safety with the flexibility to play multiple roles if he isn’t immediately needed as a starter. McKinney can line up near the box, play deep third, cover the slot and defend the run.

He’s a smart choice for any team, even if they’re set at safety.

Detroit Lions: DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
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Defensive line appears to be one of the few positions where the Detroit Lions are set. However, don’t be surprised if the organization still decides to address the unit sooner or later.

The front office jumped on the opportunity to sign Mike Daniels last offseason even with Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson and Trey Flowers, who bumps inside as an interior pass-rusher, already on the roster.

The reason is simple: The ability to consistently collapse the pocket is rare.

Daniels only signed a one-year deal, though. Robinson isn’t under contract anymore, either.

South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw may not be a top-three prospect, but he can get after opposing quarterbacks. He had the highest pass-rush grade among defensive tackles in each of the last two seasons, per Pro Football Focus.

If the Lions were to trade down, Kinlaw is an ideal target to pair with Harrison along the interior.

Green Bay Packers: CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
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As the Cleveland Browns’ head coach, Mike Pettine once pushed for Justin Gilbert to be a top-10 selection.

It didn’t go as planned. But the sentiment remains the same. Pettine prefers long and lanky press corners to fit his defensive scheme.

Green Bay already has one standout at the position in Jaire Alexander. The other side of the defense is far less settled.

The Packers spent a second-round pick on Kevin King in 2017. He started 14 games this season, but his overall inconsistency could have Green Bay looking for another cornerback sooner than it should with significant concerns at offensive tackle and wide receiver (beyond Davante Adams).

Florida’s CJ Henderson can be allergic to tackling at times, but no one can deny his coverage skills. The 6’1″, 202-pound defensive back has the skill set to excel in Pettine’s scheme and usurp King’s starting spot.

Houston Texans: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
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The Houston Texans don’t have a general manager, so their personnel department is driven by Bill O’Brien’s self-preservation. As a result, they don’t have first- or third-round picks this year, because they’ve already been traded to other franchises.

When the Texans are on the clock, wide receiver might be the last position they consider. However, that approach is short-sighted.

Kenny Stills is a free agent after after the 2020 season, and none of his remaining contract is guaranteed. Will Fuller V is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and has missed 20 games over the past three seasons.

The Texans can’t reach a place where it’s DeAndre Hopkins and nobody else, especially with a deep incoming receiver class. LSU’s Jordan Jefferson, who tied for the nation lead with 111 receptions, can immediately step in and play the slot or work outside the numbers.

Indianapolis Colts: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
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The Indianapolis Colts own the NFL’s best offensive line. A few changes could occur this offseason, though.

Anthony Castonzo is the top available left tackle on the free-agent market. He also turns 32 later this year. Joe Haeg, who has started multiple games over the last four seasons but primarily serves as a backup now, is set to hit the market as well.

The Colts have a chance to land a top-end offensive line prospect with the 13th overall pick.

Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs started at both right and left tackle this past season, and he sometimes played both in the same game. He could be insurance if Castonzo does leave. Even if Castonzo doesn’t sign elsewhere, Wirfs can bump inside and challenge Mark Glowinski to start at right guard.

As long as Indianapolis plans to have Jacoby Brissett behind center, it will need to regroup and make sure the front five remains a strength.

Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
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The Jacksonville Jaguars already have a pair of young offensive tackles in Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor. However, they shouldn’t rely on the former moving forward because he’s been a severe disappointment.

Robinson has gotten called for numerous penalties while still surrendering far too much blindside pressure. He may be better served moving inside if the Jaguars decided to replace either Andrew Norwell or A.J. Cann, or they could just bench him.

Either way, Jacksonville needs an upgrade at left tackle. Luckily, there should be multiple quality protectors available at No. 9.

Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is a smooth operator. His long levers and movement skills offset every top collegiate edge-rusher he faced. According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas allowed only 37 pressures in his three years as a starter in the nation’s toughest conference. The 6’5″, 320-pound lineman might actually be a better blocker at the point of attack.

Kansas City Chiefs: OG Netane Muti, Fresno State
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The Kansas City Chiefs are among the league’s most talented teams, but they aren’t without flaws.

Most of Kansas City’s weak spots are covered by the the play of surrounding positions. Running back and cornerback are obvious examples. Left guard is less so.

Andrew Wylie and Cameron Erving are below-average interior blockers, and Stefen Wisniewski is a free agent in March. The Chiefs require a far more sturdy and aggressive option.

Enter Fresno State’s Netane Muti.

The underclassman isn’t a household name compared to other prospects because he had only one healthy season for the Bulldogs. But when he’s on the field, watch out. The 307-pound guard loves to finish blocks and bury his opponents, which is the exact opposite of what the Chiefs currently have at the position.

Las Vegas Raiders: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
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The Jon Gruden-Derek Carr marriage has never quite felt right. Gruden is a hopeless romantic when it comes to quarterbacks, while Carr has played solid but not great.

The Raiders showed significant interest in Kyler Murray last year, but they weren’t in a position to draft the eventual No. 1 overall pick.

As a whole, the Raiders organization is trying to build a foundation as it prepares for its move to Las Vegas.

“I mean, ‘continuity’ is a word that we’d like to live by here, and it’s something we have struggled to do, obviously,” Gruden said, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “So, hopefully the young tight ends, the young backs, the offensive line, we’re starting to collect some pieces in the secondary and on the defensive edge of our defense.”

Notice the one position Gruden didn’t mention: quarterback.

The Raiders own the 12th and 19th overall picks. The New York Giants sit directly in front of the Miami Dolphins with the fourth overall pick and don’t need a quarterback. Gruden and Co. should trade both of their first-rounders to select Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and start fresh at the game’s most important position.

Los Angeles Chargers: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
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The Los Angeles Chargers are currently without a starting quarterback unless they re-sign Philip Rivers. Their offensive line is a mess. Running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Hunter Henry, wide receiver Travis Benjamin and fullback Derek Watt are free agents.

The Chargers could go in nearly any direction with the No. 6 overall pick and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Unless they double down on a similar talent to Derwin James in Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, that is.

How much fun would it be watching those two outstanding players on the same defense? The Chargers’ defensive coaching staff would be giddy devising different ways to use the pair of multipurpose weapons.

Like James, Simmons can play linebacker, strong safety, free safety and nickel corner. Simmons is a little bigger and will probably start his career at linebacker, but the versatility he would present alongside James has the potential to create the most flexible and unpredictable defensive unit in the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams: DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
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It’s difficult to project which direction the Rams will go in this offseason. They’re not exactly flush with salary-cap space compared to other teams, multiple key performers are set to enter free agency, and the front office traded away its next two first-round picks for Jalen Ramsey.

The offensive line is the most pressing unit to address since two starters—left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Austin Blythe—are free agents. But the defensive line could use a boost, too.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is a superstar of the highest order and is under contract through 2024. However, defensive end/defensive tackle Michael Brockers is a free agent. Meanwhile, fourth-round nose tackle Greg Gaines was solid but nothing special in his rookie campaign.

Why not draft a prospect who can help at both positions?

Alabama’s Raekwon Davis has the size (6’7″, 312 pounds) and experience in the Crimson Tide’s varied front to play across the line.

Miami Dolphins: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
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It wouldn’t be remotely surprising if the Miami Dolphins spent one of their three first-round picks on a quarterback. However, it would be somewhat stunning if they select anyone other than Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported last year that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross “really, really likes” Tagovailoa. The organization supposedly built a plan to “tank for Tua.” Instead, Miami won five games and earned the fifth overall pick.

Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury in November, so he might be available to the Dolphins at No. 5. However, other franchises know Miami’s purported affinity for the left-handed gunslinger and could try to trade ahead of the Dolphins for the chance to select him.

Or, something even more surprising could happen: The Dolphins could bypass Tagovailoa in favor of another quarterback prospect, like Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Herbert has prototypical size (6’6″, 237 pounds) with outstanding athleticism and is a tremendous anticipatory thrower once he gets into a rhythm.

Minnesota Vikings: DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
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The Minnesota Vikings earned an impressive wild-card playoff victory against the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome mainly because of their devastating defensive front.

On the surface, no major changes or additions are necessary. The key is keeping the majority of the group intact while building upon an already strong unit. The Vikings did this for years with their secondary.

Danielle Hunter is only 25 years old and an all-world talent. The other spot isn’t as secure.

Everson Griffen is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and an excellent edge-defender. He’ll also turn 33 later this year, and the Vikings have very little guaranteed money invested in the final three years of his contract.

The organization could move on at any point and invest in another edge-rusher, like Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos. The 21-year-old prospect is still a work in progress, but he improved each year for the Nittany Lions. The Vikings aren’t afraid of projects, as Hunter’s maturation from his time at LSU with 4.5 collegiate sacks can attest.

New England Patriots: C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
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Quarterback will be at the forefront of everything the New England Patriots do this offseason, whether Tom Brady re-signs or not.

Even so, the Patriots must do a better job protecting whoever is under center next season. New England built its last Super Bowl victory on the game’s best offensive interior. The group is crumbling, though.

David Andrews missed the entire season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. His status for the 2020 campaign has yet to be determined.

“I’m not ready to be done playing football,” Andrews said to during a community event at Amos House in Providence (h/t ESPN’s Mike Reiss). “So if there’s any chance that I can go play football, that’s what I’m gonna do.”

The potential selection of an interior offensive lineman isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to Andrews’ pending status. Yes, Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz is the top-rated player at his position. The possibility exists that he could move to guard if needed, especially if New England’s stalwart left guard, Joe Thuney, leaves in free agency.

New Orleans Saints: OT Austin Jackson, USC
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The New Orleans Saints don’t mess around with protecting quarterback Drew Brees.

Granted, no one is entirely sure if Brees will return for yet another season in the Big Easy, but he’s more likely to re-sign than not.

Also, Terron Armstead or Ryan Ramczyk aren’t going anywhere.

New Orleans placed an emphasis on its interior offensive line play long before it was cool, because the Saints had a 6’0″ quarterback playing from the pocket.

When someone like USC’s Austin Jackson is mentioned, keep in mind the team’s previous history. Andrus Peat was an offensive tackle when the Saints drafted him with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft. The coaching staff moved him to left guard.

The organization sees value in offensive linemen. The talented Trojans blocker could move inside and replace Peat since the veteran is a free agent.

New York Giants: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman doesn’t give a damn about what anyone else thinks. Last year’s selection of quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall draft pick made that quite clear.

Don’t be surprised if Gettleman throws another swerve at those watching, covering and actively participating in the draft by choosing someone sooner than expected.

Offensive tackle is a mess for Big Blue. Right tackle Mike Remmers is a free agent, while left tackle Nate Solder hasn’t played well enough to warrant his exorbitant contract.

The consensus top three offensive tackle prospects—Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs—are very much in play. Don’t overlook Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. Well, it’s pretty much impossible to since he’s 6’7″ and 369 pounds. Becton’s size and movement skills will likely force a team, like the Giants, to select the mammoth blocker somewhere in the first half of the opening frame.

New York Jets: S Grant Delpit, LSU
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Imagine the fallout if the New York Jets actually traded All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and then drafted a player from the same college to fill his spot with the 11th overall pick.

New York City media is already salivating at the possibility.

It’s not too far-fetched, either.

Adams wasn’t happy with the fact that Jets general manager Joe Douglas listened to trade offers for the defensive back’s services. The two parties seem to be on the same page now, but the previous incident will always be there in the back of everyone’s minds.

The beauty of selecting LSU’s Grant Delpit in this year’s first round is he shouldn’t be classified strictly as a free or strong safety. He can be a nickel linebacker, used in various big nickel looks and more than holds his own in coverage.

With or without Adams, Delpit is a good addition.

Philadelphia Eagles: QB Jake Fromm
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Carson Wentz played like the league’s MVP during the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff push. Another season also ended with an injury.

No one is saying Wentz should be replaced. But the Eagles must consider options beyond their franchise signal-caller since he’s bound to miss time based on his injury history.

Right now, the Eagles don’t have a quality backup on the roster. Both Nate Sudfeld and Josh McCown, who had to fill in for Wentz in the wild-card round, are free agents. The team signed Kyle Lauletta to a futures contract, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.

Georgia’s Jake Fromm won’t demand a first-round pick and could be an ideal long-term backup. Fromm won’t blow anyone away with his physical tools. However, he started as a true freshman and three straight years in the SEC for multiple reasons. Coaches will fall in love with his work ethic, attitude and leadership traits.

Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State
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But the Pittsburgh Steelers just traded up to draft Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 draft and still have Mark Barron and Vince Williams under contract.

Both of those facts are inarguable. Yet, the Steelers are all about long-term planning. More often than not, the franchise looks at an area and plans a logical succession, especially at critical positions within their scheme. Linebacker definitely falls into that category.

Bush showed exactly why he was worth what Pittsburgh traded to acquire his services. He’s now a foundational building block. Barron and Williams aren’t. Barron is a free agent after the 2020 campaign, while Williams is a projected cap casualty next offseason.

The fact that Pittsburgh doesn’t have a first-round pick thanks to the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade further suggests a long-term approach. Ohio State’s Malik Harrison is an aggressive sideline-to-sideline linebacker who can pair with Bush to become a dynamic duo for years to come.

San Francisco 49ers: DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
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Another first-round defensive lineman? Exactly.

The San Francisco 49ers have five first-round defensive linemen on their roster. Four of those were drafted by the organization through the last five drafts. Dee Ford came along this offseason in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Robert Saleh’s defensive front is stacked.

But it won’t always be that way since Arik Armstead and rotational interior pass-rusher Sheldon Day are impending free agents. Also, 2017 third overall pick Solomon Thomas hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Obviously, San Francisco could use help elsewhere instead of investing yet another first-round pick in a defensive lineman. However, the team can continue to beef up its front to fortify the unit for years to come.

Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore finally realized his immense potential this season. His first-step quickness helps create pressure along the interior with the versatility to play either 1- or 3-technique.

Seattle Seahawks: DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
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The Seattle Seahawks invested heavily in their defensive front, specifically defensive end, this past season.

The organization traded for Jadeveon Clowney, signed Ziggy Ansah and drafted L.J. Collier. On paper, the position looks loaded. But is isn’t.

Clowney has yet to sign a contract extension. Ansah didn’t provide much of an impact. And Collier, who entered the season with a high-ankle sprain, is a better interior than edge-rusher.

Rasheem Greene actually led the team with four sacks.

The Seahawks shouldn’t stop throwing talent at the problem, even though serious concerns can also be found along the offensive line.

Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara is an interesting fit in Seattle, because he can play the Leo role as a standup end capable of adding athleticism and quickness off the edge. He, Collier and a re-signed Clowney have the potential to create a formidable trio.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jacob Eason, Washington
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.

The mind-boggling feat places the Buccaneers franchise in a conundrum since Winston is a free agent. Does it consider moving on to another quarterback?

“Another quarterback? Oh, yeah. [If] we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one too,” head coach Bruce Arians said, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

Well, the door has been flung wide-open to the possibility of moving on from Winston, and the team should probably take it.

Washington’s Jacob Eason is a tailor-made quarterback for Arians’ system. The 6’6″, 227-pound pocket passer with a rocket arm and willingness to stare down pressure can move into a starting role after being a mid-first-round selection.

Tennessee Titans: WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
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The Tennessee Titans struck gold in the second round last season when A.J. Brown fell to them.

Brown not only provided a significant weapon within the offense, but his rapid development has him on track to be a true No. 1 target in an offense that also features Corey Davis, a 2017 top-five draft pick, and slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Since the offense itself is so heavily slanted toward running back Derrick Henry with an already solid core of weapons, another addition to the wide receiver corps seems unlikely. It shouldn’t be.

First, the Titans must decide whether to re-sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If the organization does, another vertical threat, like TCU’s Jalen Reagor, will only make the offense more explosive. Tannehill led the NFL in yards per attempt during the regular season, and his skill set lends itself well to the deep passing game. Reagor, meanwhile, is one of the fastest men in college football and a dynamic target.

Washington Redskins: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
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Some might think Jerry Jeudy to the Washington Redskins is a logical choice with little to no surprise factor. Those people are dead wrong.

Yes, Jeudy would be a wonderful addition as another weapon to pair with Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr.

However, Jeudy’s impact can’t supersede what Ohio State’s Chase Young brings. Young is a legitimate game-wrecker. Opposing offenses must account for him at all times. He’s the clear choice with the second overall pick after the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU’s Joe Burrow.

Jeudy is an advanced route-runner, even at 20 years old. His potential addition would give Washington a complete wide receiver corps, hence why he’s a legitimate option.

But Young is far too talented at a premium position to consider any other prospect as long as the Bengals don’t lose their collective minds.

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Every January, herds of NFL coaches, scouts, front office executives and more flock to Mobile, Alabama for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Here, they are able to witness first-hand how the top senior NFL Draft Prospects take to NFL coaching and perform in individual drills.

This year’s Senior Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 25, will once again provide teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars a key opportunity to scout their potential picks come April.

JaguarMaven will be present at Mobile this year to provide the most comprehensive content possible for Jaguars coverage, but until then we will preview each position group leading up to the week of practice.

Jacksonville could look to draft a wide receiver early in the 2020 NFL Draft thanks to some depth issues at the position on the team’s current roster. Luckily for the Jaguars, there is a deep group of pass-catchers at this year’s Senior Bowl who the Jaguars will be able to get an up-close look at.

Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

The 6-feet-1, 206 pound Brandon Aiyuk exploded onto the scene at Arizona State in 2019, recording 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns on 65 receptions and establishing himself as a dangerous playmaker at any part of the field. Aiyuk was also an impressive return man, making him a likely valuable commodity come April considering how dangerous he is with a football in his hands. For a Jaguars team hungry for offensive weapons, Aiyuk is a player worth watching.

Texas A&M WR Quartney Davis

Quartney Davis had a solid year for the Aggies in 2019, demonstrating impressive ability after the catch and the type of playmaking skills which should entice any NFL offensive mind. Davis (6-feet-2, 202 pounds) caught 54 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns, though he cooled off after a hot start. Davis has the build and traits (good route running, natural runner in open space) the Jaguars covet in a wide receiver, so it makes sense to pay close attention to his week of practice.

Ohio State WR K.J. Hill

A smaller wide receiver, K.J. Hill is reminiscent of a less productive version of Dede Westbrook coming out of the University of Oklahoma. Hill was never one of the nation’s top wide receivers statistically like Westbrook was, but he won in similar ways. Hill (6-feet, 195 pounds) is shifty after the catch and feasts on defenses as an underneath target. Catching 201 for 2,332 yards, and 20 touchdowns during his time as a Buckeye, Hill has the quickness and pedigree to impress teams like the Jaguars in Mobile.

Texas WR Collin Johnson

A physical, big-bodied wide receiver, Colin Johnson (6-feet-6, 220 pounds) would automatically be the Jaguars’ largest presence in the receiver room. He excels in areas that other Jaguars don’t, such as boxing out defensive backs for the ball when it is in the air, showing dominance at the catch point, and the physicality to mix it up with cornerbacks in the red-zone. Johnson only played in seven games in 2019 and caught only 38 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns, so Mobile is a chance for him to show evaluators that his name never should have fallen off anyone’s radars.

USC WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Michael Pittman was one of the best wide receivers in college football in 2019, as the 6-feet-4, 220 pound wideout caught 101 passes for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns, putting his name on the map when it came to the NFL Draft process. Pittman has strong hands, can climb the ladder for the ball, and uses his large catch radius to his advantage. He fits as the type of wide receiver the Jaguars are desperately needing to add to their offense.

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By Garry Smits
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Posted Dec 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Jaguars defensive back D.J. Hayden has filled multiple roles this season in defending the pass and the run.

Playing word association can yield interesting results.

For example, mention “D.J. Hayden,” in the Jaguars’ locker room and ask for a one-word response about the team’s seventh-year nickel back.

“Smooth,” said wide receiver Chris Conley.

“Fun,” said safety Cody Davis.

But invariably, there’s general agreement with one five-letter, one-syllable word that every player in the NFL strives to claim.

“Tough,” safety Andrew Wingard said of Hayden. “He will always give his all … one of the best players I’ve ever been around.”

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While ends Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue might be neck-and-neck as the Jaguars MVP on defense, Hayden comes close — and there’s no question he’s the most underrated, especially since he’s battled injuries all season, yet missed only one game.

“The unsung hero of this team,” Wingard said.

But Hayden never seems quite satisfied — which is probably why he’s so valued. No matter how many plays he makes, he always seems to think he left one or two on the field.

“I’ve had a decent season,” said the native of Houston and former Houston Cougar. “Not too bad, not too great. I still have to do a lot better. Some plays, I could have done better. I just look forward to playing football in whatever they ask me to do, and I’ll go out and do it.”

The Jaguars will close the season on Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts (4:25 p.m., CBS) and Hayden, as usual, will be a big part of trying to shut down a Colts running attack that torched the Jaguars for 264 yards in a 33-13 victory in Indianapolis on Nov. 17.

Hayden has been asked by the Jags to not only be the nickel back, but play cornerback straight-up and duck down into the box in a sort of a hybrid linebacker role.

Hayden’s contributions to the team have been even more pronounced with the slew of injuries that hit the linebacking corp. The caveat is that Hayden, at 190 pounds, is listed as the second-lightest defensive player after cornerback Tre Herndon. But Hayden is asked to take on offensive linemen, shed the blocks and get after running backs.

“He’s asked to play different personnel groups, go down in the box, whatever’s asked of him,” Davis said. “He gives his heart.”

Hayden has 37 tackles, but his other contributions fill the season stat sheet: two sacks, five tackles for losses, five quarterback hurries, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.

Defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Hayden’s toughness and willing to mix it up physically with much bigger players belies any size disadvantage.

“We play a lot more split-safety than we have in the previous three years, and when we get into the split-safety stuff, he has to be able to play in the box,” Wash said. “He has a gap accountability in the box and has done a really good job of adjusting his role, compared to what it was a year ago.”

And Hayden has rarely been pain-free this season. At various times, he has been on the injury report for knee, foot, neck and shoulder injuries. The only game he missed was against Houston, in London.

“He is a very tough individual, physically and mentally,” Wash said.

Conley said Hayden’s willingness to play through pain has earned him team-wide admiration.

“He prepares, then goes out there and plays with everything he’s got,” Conley said. “He plays hard, plays fast and doesn’t blink.”

Davis put it succinctly.

“He gives his heart,” he said.

Hayden said he still has a lot of football left in him.

“Maybe five more years … We’ll see,” he said. “Right now, all I want to do is help my team win.”

Maybe next year. But if the Jaguars want Hayden back, he’ll show up, ready to work.

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The Jaguars are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Without a significant emphasis on veteran players on the construction of the team’s roster, many of the team’s longtime veterans have been lost, replaced with budding talent. While being a young team oftentimes leads to thoughts of promise and optimism, the Jaguars haven’t been successful, and were not successful in 2019 after attaining a 6-10 record.

In general, the team does have some promising young players including at key positions such as quarterback, defensive end, wide receiver and along the offensive line. Three areas which are vital to a teams success.

Currently, the Jaguars have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, ranked seventh (25.51 years old) in terms of overall average roster age which includes every player currently signed by the team, and tied for third youngest (25.7 years old) when taking into account all players who contributed in 2019.
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Over time, the Jaguars have attempted to build a team led by very few veterans, but instead an insurgence of young, talented players via the draft and free agency.

On opening day against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, the Jaguars used 11 first or second year players at some points during the game, including seven which started or played a significant number (more than 20) of snaps, including guard/tackle Will Richardson, tackle Jawaan Taylor, quarterback Gardner Minshew II, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. safety Ronnie Harrison, defensive end Josh Allen, and linebacker Quincy Williams.

By week 17, the Jaguars deployed 13 first or second year players against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars have undergone multiple rebuilds of the roster, however they have consistently stayed just below age 26 in terms of their average age during the season. When the team went to the playoffs just two seasons ago, the Jaguars’ average age was actually equal to their average age now — 25.7.

One pitfall from fielding such a young football team can come in the discipline area. While many attribute it to coaching, typically an inexperienced player or one that isn’t as talented will commit fouls. In 2019, the Jaguars’ were second in the NFL with 132 penalties, and rookie tackle Jawaan Taylor led the team with 15.

The optimism which stems from having such a young roster comes with high expectations, however they have fell short of expectations, and have for several seasons — constantly reshaping the roster in an effort to regain relevance. Even players that were expected to carry the team early in their careers have been run off the roster or not lived up to expectations, further exasperating the team’s issues throughout the years.

Aside from the Minnesota Vikings, teams which competed in the playoffs this season held an average age of at least 26 years old. Developing talent with experienced veterans along with a mixture of young, ascending players is an ideal formula for sustainable success over a long period of time. The Jaguars simply do not have the veterans in place to supplement their young pieces.

While the team has struggled, not all is lost as the team has shown to have a young, rising group of young players which should be counted on for the future as they continue to rebuild their roster following an AFC Championship game exit in 2017. Several young players such as Leonard Fournette, Chark Jr., Minshew II, Yannick Ngakoue, Allen, Harrison, Myles Jack, and Taylor — none over the age of 24 —, makeup a core of ascending and potentially very talented players for the team to work with in the future.

Moving forward, look for the Jaguars to continue developing their green talent, while acquiring talented veterans to fix their depth, and experience issues. Until then, expect the same mistakes to be almost on the brink of insanity without a reasonable expectation of growth.

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Every year teams lose valuable players to free agency and injuries. This year the Seahawks offensive line group is going to go through some turnover, namely at the tackle position.

Both Germain Ifedi and George Fant will be hitting unrestricted free agency. The Seahawks elected to not pick up Ifedi’s fifth year option for the 2020 season. Meanwhile, Fant was retained last offseason as a restricted free agent. Many, including myself, believed Fant would be more involved in the offensive line this year after a breakout season in 2018.

However, Fant only played 38% of the offensive snaps during the regular season. While it is still possible that Seattle retains one of the two free agents, nothing is guaranteed at this point. Fant has made it clear to Seattle that he believes he is a starting-caliber prospect, if he won’t start next year, he will not return.

The sexy option would be to go to free agency to fill the right tackle opening with an established player, such as Jack Conklin from the Titans. This is a very costly and risky move for the Seahawks to make. Quality offensive linemen rarely make it to the market. If they do it’s likely because they are seeking an astronomical amount of money, have difficulties with the locker room, or have off-field issues.

More times than not, players who make it to free agency are poor to slightly above-average offensive linemen. The problem with this is every team needs line help. As a result, these slightly above-average linemen get paid like they are a top tier player at their respective positions. Think back to tackle Nate Solder, who left the Patriots for the Giants on a record-breaking four-year $62 million contract. Or guard Andrew Norwell leaving the Panthers for the Jaguars on a record-breaking five-year $66.5 million contract.

Since being paid, both have been mediocre at best. Norwell finished the year sitting just above the middle of the pack on Pro Football Focus this season with a grade of 65.5, allowing 3 sacks and 8 penalties. Nate Solder finished below him on PFF with a 64.7 rating. During the 2019 season, Solder allowed the second-most sacks this year at 11, and cost the team 5 additional penalties. That’s a very expensive player, whose stats rival Germain Ifedi’s.

This brings me to the meat and bones of the article. The Seahawks should look to utilize the draft to replace Ifedi and Fant as opposed to spending big on a likely overpaid offensive lineman. These are three players I think Seattle should look to in the 2020 NFL draft. [Editor’s note: the photos below all depict the player comps, not the actual draft target.]

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The Philadelphia Have 10 picks in the 2020 NFL and their first-round selection will come at pick No. 21 as it currently stands.

NFL teams have had enormous success with mid to late first-round picks and with the Eagles slotted to pick later in the round, Howie Roseman and company have a chance to land a bonafide star.

The recent history of players selected at No. 21 overall bolds well for the Eagles who’ll need to land a dynamic playmaker with their first-round pick.

Here are the players selected with the 21st overall pick since the 1998 NFL Draft.

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21st Overall

2019 Darnell Savage DB Maryland (Packers)
2018 Billy Price C Ohio State (Bengals)
2017 Jarrad Davis LB Florida (Lions)
2016 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame (Texans)
2015 Cedric Ogbuehi LT Texas A&M (Bengals)
2014 Ha Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama (Packers)
2013 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame (Bengals)
2012 Chandler Jones DE Syracuse (Patriots)
2011 Phil Taylor DT Baylor (Browns)
2010 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma (Bengals)
2009 Alex Mack C California (Browns)
2008 Sam Baker OT USC (Falcons)
2007 Reggie Nelson S Florida (Jaguars)
2006 Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota (Patriots)
2005 Matt Jones WR Arkansas (Jaguars)
2004 Vince Wilfork DT Miami New England
2003 Jeff Faine C Notre Dame (Browns)
2002 Daniel Graham TE Colorado (Patriots)
2001 Nate Clements CB Ohio State (Bills)
2000 Sylvester Morris WR Jackson State (Chiefs)
1999 L.J. Shelton T Eastern Michigan Cardinals
1998 Randy Moss WR Marshall (Vikings)

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Randy Moss is the only player on the list to have a Hall of Fame career, but there have been some quality players selected at pick No. 21.

Chandler Jones had an All-Pro season for the Cardinals this season, while Alex Mack was one of the NFL’s top centers for years in Cleveland.

The Eagles second-round pick this season will be pick No. 53, the same pick that landed them Miles Sanders in 2019. LeSean McCoy was also the 53rd pick when he was selected, so it’ll be imperative for the Eagles to select a skilled player with this one.

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When right tackle Jawaan Taylor fell out of the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft due to medical concerns, the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t hesistate to take advantage. 16 games later, any of medical concerns have been dissmissed as well.

Jacksonville executed a trade with the Raiders for Oakland’s second-round pick at No. 35 overall on Day 2 of the draft as Taylor, a projected top-10 pick, continued to tumble. The Jaguars also acquired the Raiders’ fifth-round and seventh-round selections in exchange for No. 38 overall pick and a fourth-rounder.

Jacksonville was agressive moving up for the right tackle out of the Univeristy of Florida, and Taylor made his mark as a rookie, becoming an ironman performer.

Taylor played all 1,091 snaps for the Jaguars’ offense in 2019, one of only two players to do so (along with left guard Andrew Norwell). The fact that Taylor did this a few months after teams reportedly had durability issues about him is encourgain in of itself, but it goes deeper than that.

For instance, Taylor is the first Jaguars’ offensive rookie to start all 16 games in a season sicne offensive lineman Maurice Williams did it in 2001.

That is an 18-year difference, which is made even more staggering when you consider several of the Jaguars’ top picks in that span have been offensive lineman, including first-round offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Luke Joeckel. Taylor did something they never did.

Not only was Taylor starting all 16 games for Jacksonville an achievement, but he ended up being the only rookie in the entire NFL to play 100% of his unit’s snaps in 2019. This includes six first-round offensive lineman who were drafted before Taylor. Taylor was the lone ironman rookie in the entire league in 2019, a testamanet to his durability.