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Bold Predictions for the Jaguars Heading into the NFL Draft

By michael obermuller
Leonard Fournette could find himself on a different team come the 2020 NFL Draft.
Leonard Fournette could find himself on a different team come the 2020 NFL Draft. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have begun an organizational overhaul that doesn't seem to care too much about the 2020 season. Although ownership has claimed they will give a fair shot to quarterback Gardner Minshew and head coach Doug Marrone, both seem to be lame duck placeholders.

That's right, the tank could be on in Jacksonville and one player is on their mind moving forward, Trevor Lawrence. Having said that, Lawrence is at Clemson for another year, so the Jags will need to focus on the 2020 draft for now. With 12 impending selections already, and possibly more to come, general manager David Caldwell has some work to do. Here are the bold moves that he may make.

1. Trade RB Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue might be the next two Jaguars sent packing.
Leonard Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue might be the next two Jaguars sent packing. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Trading edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue is expected, but moving Leonard Fournette as well would really spell the word t-a-n-k. With the current pattern though, there really isn't any reason to keep the former first round pick. Running backs don't age well, and Fournette has already been injury prone in his prime. If there are any takers out there for the power back, he will be gone as the Jaguars continue to stockpile draft picks.

2. Trade Down Out of Top 10, Draft WR

The Jaguars might be able to trade down a couple spots and still draft Jerry Jeudy.
The Jaguars might be able to trade down a couple spots and still draft Jerry Jeudy. / Harry How/Getty Images

Going by the game plan that Lawrence might be the 2021 first rounder, the Jaguars could draft his star wide receiver Thursday night. Tackle might also be smart at nine, but if they aren't enamored by the options on the table, trading down a few spots makes perfect sense. That would put them in prime position to land Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, which would help Minshew now, but mainly put the future franchise quarterback in a better position later, while also picking up some extra draft capital. D.J. Chark was Jacksonville's top receiver in 2019.

3. Draft No QB's in 2020

Gardner Minshew has been handed the keys to the Jaguars for 2020.
Gardner Minshew has been handed the keys to the Jaguars for 2020. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

This is Gardner Minshew's team, as Jaguars brass put it... for 2020. No disrespect to the second-year gunslinger that took the NFL by storm last season with his funkadelic pregame outfits, unique locker room stretching techniques and his iconic mustache, but the odds are stacked against him beyond that. From 6th round draft pick to instant fan favorite, Minshew will get the nod this season, even if he's being thrown to the wolves by ownership. They will not draft a quarterback at all, or trade up to get one.



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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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