2021 Senior Bowl: 5 standouts who could help the Jags from the National team

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The Senior Bowl process for 2021 concluded Saturday as the all-star game went in favor of the National team by a score of 27-24. On Sunday, we took a look at five standouts on the American team who could be drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now, let’s take a look at some standouts who could help the Jags from the National team.

RB Michael Carter - North Carolina

Jan 30, 2021; Mobile, AL, USA; National running back Michael Carter of North Carolina (7) runs the ball as American defensive back DJ Daniel of Georgia (14) pursues in the second half of the 2021 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Jags need answers behind James Robinson at running back and fans should expect a notable addition to the group. Michael Carter was one of the tailbacks in Mobile who had a superb week and concluded it with a solid showing in the Senior Bowl game (had 60 yards and a touchdown). https://twitter.com/nflnetwork/status/1355608268068904960?s=20 https://twitter.com/TarHeelFootball/status/1355636966264610816?s=20 https://twitter.com/Marcus_Mosher/status/1354569157451378694?s=20 The clips above show how much of a change of pace option Carter could be for the Jags' backfield. His ability to stop and start in the open field made him dangerous at North Carolina, and adding him with Robinson would give the Jags a duo somewhat like Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Sounds like something Urban Meyer would be game for, right?

RB/WR Demetric Felton - UCLA

Jan 27, 2021; National wide receiver Demetric Felton of UCLA (10) runs the ball during National practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

It's no secret that Meyer likes speed -- and Demetric Felton is the definition of it. In fact, he's such a speed threat that he's often said Tavon Austin is a player he models his game after and is a fan of. While at the Senior Bowl, Felton took a lot of reps at receiver though he played running back at UCLA. Simply put, he looked solid in the process and made defensive backs look silly with his mix of speed and quickness. https://twitter.com/PFF_AustinGayle/status/1354150045763907584?s=20 https://twitter.com/DP_NFL/status/1354982879802097665?s=20 https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/1355609239381798913?s=20 Fans that remember Meyer's time at Florida will have flashbacks and quickly see Felton in the same light as Percy Harvin and Jeff Demps. However, teams could have a problem of how to grade him because they may not feel he has a pure position. If that's the case and he slide in the draft, it's hard to imagine Meyer not being enticed by picking Felton up at some point past the third round.

OT Dillon Radunz - North Dakota State

Jan 27, 2021; National offensive lineman Dillon Radunz of North Dakota State (75) drills with National defensive lineman Patrick Jones II of Pittsburgh (90) during National practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

In our preview of offseason needs for the Jags, offensive tackle was second on the list. We've also made the case for the Jags franchise tagging Cam Robinson for the simple fact that he needs to show more consistency before earning a long-term deal. If Robinson is tagged, a plan still needs to be in place in case he doesn't improve. North Dakota State's Dillon Radunz is an option who makes sense for the Jags as it's possible they wouldn't have to spend a first round pick on him. Coming from North Dakota State, Radunz needed to show he could play with the big boys in Mobile -- and he answered the call. His bread and butter has been his athleticism and footwork, both of which translated last week in practice. https://twitter.com/ZachHicks2/status/1354454037408710656?s=20 Radunz also proved to be versatile last week, also taking reps at guard. Many thought he fared well in the process of that, too. https://twitter.com/BenFennell_NFL/status/1355914054733328384?s=20 https://twitter.com/TonyPauline/status/1354867500492746756?s=20 With all the injuries the Jags had along their offensive line, they could afford a versatile player like Radunz if he's not going to start out of the gate. If he's available with their No. 45 overall selection, it could be a wise choice to snag him and worry about Robinson's future past 2021 later.

DT Levi Onwuzurike - Washington

Jan 26, 2021; Mobile, Alabama, USA; National offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin -Whitewater (71) blocks National defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike of Washington (95) in drills during National team practice during the 2021 Senior Bowl week. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Jags have some pieces in place who could develop into quality players at defensive tackle, but they probably need one more starter at the position to put with DaVon Hamilton and Doug Costin. The reason for that is because Taven Bryan, a former first-rounder of the team, has not panned out. Of the linemen at the Senior Bowl, Levi Onwuzurike seems like a player who would be perfect for the Jags. His speed and quickness was often brought up during the span of practices in Mobile, including by Jags analyst Bucky Brooks. "He might be the best defensive tackle in the class," Brooks said via Jaguars.com. "Great hand skills, fast and athletic, high motor. Great character. He's a good player and in a class where you don't have a lot of interior players, he's going to be intriguing. He may go a lot sooner than expected." https://twitter.com/eaglesxos/status/1354265690975457280?s=21 The draft isn't the strongest at defensive tackle and that's an area where the Jags need help. The free agent class could have limited options, too, so the position will be one to watch carefully for Jags fans. Onwuzurike is expected to be picked up right around where the Jags' No. 25 and No. 33 picks are and he did his part in practice early to show the Jags he's worthy of their consideration.

CB Keith Taylor - Washington

Jan 27, 2021; National defensive back Keith Taylor Jr. of Washington (8) drills during National practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

As mentioned with the American team prospects, the Jags are in need of a starting corner to pair with C.J. Henderson. Tre Herndon has had plenty of chances to show he's an option, and while Sidney Jones IV was solid, he couldn't stay healthy, which was an issue in Philly, too. The free agency class could provide the Jags with an answer at the position and should be the preference to avoid being to young at the position, but if things don't go as planned the Jags certainly should draft a corner. One option who should be on their radar is Washington's Keith Taylor, who made himself some money in the eyes of many in Mobile. https://twitter.com/jordan_reid/status/1354813052189696010?s=21 https://twitter.com/billym_91/status/1355630188374220800?s=21 Taylor's fluidity and technique was brought up on multiple occasions last week (in a positive way), which will get a cornerback a long way in the NFL. He also was a standout of the game itself and received praise from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, who called the process from the booth.

“I don’t know that I remember a better game from a corner in an all-star game than what (Washington CB Keith) Taylor Jr.’s done today. He’s been outstanding. He’s just been in position every time.”

At 6-foot-2, 191-pounds, Taylor's size also caught the eyes of many at the Senior Bowl. I'm sure Meyer, Joe Cullen, and Trent Baalke share those sentiments, too, and wouldn't mind a technical presence like his in the secondary.