Jacksonville Jaguars select Alabama OT Evan Neal first overall
With the hiring of Doug Pederson, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be fully focused on giving Trevor Lawrence every opportunity to win.
The Jaguars have holes all over their roster, but, like the Miami Dolphins, they’ll need to focus on fixing their offensive line. The Jags will have to make a decision on their current left tackle Cam Robinson.
Letting him walk would give the team the cap space to go after much-needed defensive help. It would also open the door to take Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal with the first overall pick.
The Jaguars could use one of the top defensive prospects in this draft, but Neal would save the team cap and give them an upgrade at left tackle. Knowing how Pederson prioritized offensive line during his time as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, it wouldn’t be a shock if they went with Neal.
Using Andrew Luck as a case study, the Jaguars don’t want to give Lawrence a plethora of weapons and a solid defense and not protect him. With running backs James Robinson and Travis Ettiene, wideouts Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenulat, and the continual improvement of tight end Dan Arnold, the team will just need to give Lawrence time to throw the ball.
Jacksonville has a lot of moves to make before becoming a contender, but replacing Urban Meyer with Pederson is a start, and taking Neal would be a solid next step.