Jaguars land two of the class’ top DBs in this mock draft

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Jacksonville has already addressed their secondary a bit in free agency, signing cornerback Shaquill Griffin from Seattle and safety Rayshawn Jenkins from the Chargers. Though both of them will likely be immediate starters in the defensive backfield alongside 2020 first-round pick C.J Henderson, the Jaguars could still use more help in that area.

This mock draft from CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson has them addressing secondary aggressively in the first two rounds, landing two of the top defensive back prospects in the class. It also has them using the middle part of the draft to add offensive weapons for quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Here’s the full, seven-round mock for the Jaguars with thoughts on each player they’re projected to take.

No. 1 - Trevor Lawrence (Quarterback, Clemson)

Nov 28, 2020; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up with his team before the game against Pittsburgh at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

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As writing about Lawrence has become a bit repetitive, I'll follow Wilson's lead and keep this simple. Lawrence is very good at throwing footballs, and Jacksonville is in need of someone with that exact skillset. Draft him, and he'll throw footballs for a long time.

No. 25 - Caleb Farley (Cornerback, Virginia Tech)

Nov 16, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Caleb Farley (3) returns an interception against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Farley was CB1 until he underwent a back procedure this spring. Now the uncertainty could see him slip -- but if the Jags give him a clean bill of health, they're getting a top-10 talent at No. 25

Corners from Virginia Tech have a very good track record in the NFL, and Farley is one of the best the Hokies have produced in a number of years. He has great size, and if the Jaguars are happy with his medical evaluation, this would be a very good value pick late in the first round.

No. 33 - Trevon Moehrig (Safety, TCU)

Nov 2, 2019; Stillwater, OK, USA; TCU Horned Frogs safety Trevon Moehrig (7) turns to run after an interception during the fourth quarter of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated TCU 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

A commonly projected pick at No. 25, Jacksonville would be thrilled if Moehrig fell to them in the second. He's a talented free safety that could immediately start opposite Jenkins.

No. 45 - Pat Freiermuth

Oct 31, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) catches the ball during warm ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

It would be a bit risky to wait until the 45th to take Freiermuth, who is the second-best tight end prospect in the draft. But if he falls there, the Jaguars almost have to take him to plug the roster hole in the tight end spot.

No. 65 - Walker Little (Offensive Tackle, Stanford)

Sep 22, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello (3) celebrates with Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Walker Little (72) after the Cardinal defeated Oregon Ducks 38-31 at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Little is a unique player, as he opted out in 2020 and missed a good portion of the 2019 season with an injury. Still, he was a dominant left tackle when on the field, and the Jaguars land a boom-or-bust blindside protector at the top of the third.

No. 106 - D'Wayne Eskridge (Receiver, Western Michigan)

Aug 31, 2018; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver D'Wayne Eskridge (7) looks to the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

A small and speedy playmaker, Eskridge would be a nice consolation prize in the fourth if the team misses on a receiver like Kadarius Toney or Rondale Moore.

No. 130 - Trey Sermon (Running Back, Ohio State)

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon (8) grabs the face mask of Clemson Tigers safety Joseph Charleston (18) as he runs upfield during the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Ohio State won 49-28.
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Meyer drafts a Buckeye (albeit one he didn't coach in college) here in Sermon. A big, powerful running back, he'd be a nice change of pace back to spell James Robinson.

No. 145 - Marvin Wilson (Defensive Tackle, Florida State)

Aug 31, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (21) before the start of the game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson didn't exactly produce like a five-star recruit at Florida State, but he has elite size and a lot of talent. For a fifth-round nose tackle, he'd have a very high ceiling.

No. 170 - Garret Wallow (Linebacker, TCU)

Dec 12, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Garret Wallow (30) rushes the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs offense during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A First-Team All-Big 12 selection in 2020, Wallow totaled 295 tackles in four seasons with the Horned Frogs. He'd give Jacksonville more depth at linebacker, a unit that struggled last season.

No. 249 - Victor Dimukeje (EDGE, Duke)

Oct 19, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins (3) runs with the ball as Duke Blue Devils defensive end Victor Dimukeje (51) chases in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dimukeje has everything you want to see in a late-round pick. He started every game in four years at Duke, totaling 21.5 sacks in the process, and has great size. With Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson on the roster, edge rusher isn't a major area of need. However, the depth a player like Dimukeje provides may be too good to pass up.

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