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NFL: With Lawrence in the House, Where Do Jaguars Go From Here?

It’s inevitable, and the countdown has begun to Thursday evening when the Jaguars will eventually draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick.

The longtime quarterback quandary is anticipated to be over, and the new face of the franchise will be front and center. Lawrence, who has all the tools, already has established a relationship with the people of Jacksonville.

BYU’s Zack Wilson has taken a significant upswing as a potential overall top pick, and the whispers surrounding Ohio State’s Justin Fields still linger. However, Lawrence will be the selection that will reignite the impending thought of the postseason in a short span ahead.

But where do the Jaguars go from Lawrence with their remaining nine picks?

New head coach Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke have holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and it will be interesting to see if he prioritizes one side over the other. The key may be to combine a balance that could provide the making of a framework on both sides.

Here’s one possible version:

First round, pick 25 (from Los Angeles Rams), Jaelen Phillips, defensive end Miami:

Phillips could be overlooked in the first round. He is regarded as one of the top athletes in the draft and has the skill set to support the claim. Phillips is a sack artist as well as a consistent tackler for losses. He could fill a major void.

Second round, pick 33, Alex Leatherwood, offensive tackle, Alabama:

Leatherwood should be available here despite an anticipated run on tackles in the opening round and early second. He reportedly has good movement for his 6-6, 310-pound frame, and could be inserted at left tackle or right guard. Leatherwood easily may be their second first-round pick.

Second round, pick 45, Trevon Moehrig, safety, TCU:

If he is there, the Jags have to take him. Moehring is among the fastest risers in recent days, and Las Vegas reportedly may trade up to grab him. Jacksonville also could draft him earlier,as the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the top defensive back looks like a winner.

Third round, pick 65, Milton Williams, defensive tackle, Louisiana Tech:

Williams is another player whose stick is rising. He is a strong interior pass rusher and run stopper. A Texas native, the Cowboys have been his biggest pursuer, but he would look good in teal, black, and gold.

Fourth round, pick 106, Tommy Tremble, tight end, Notre Dame:

If the Jaguars follow this path, both Kyle Pitts and Pat Freiermuth likely will be gone. Tremble can be a true sleeper in this round. Tremble is known for his physical play and blocking ability. He also can be a valuable contributor.

Fourth round, pick 130 (from Los Angeles Rams), Travie Etienne, running back, Clemson:

The Jags will do Lawrence a favor and reunite him with Etienne. The Clemson playmaker is known for his speed and ability to break tackles. Etienne also has been regarded as an excellent pass protector and a touchdown maker.

Fifth round, pick 145, Rondale Moore, wide receiver, Purdue:

Moore is considered to be one of the potential playmakers in the draft. However, he battled injuries the previous two seasons after a banner season in 2018. If he falls this far, Moore will be a steal.

Fifth round, pick 170 (from Cleveland), Benjamin St-Juste, cornerback, Minnesota: At 6-3, 200 pounds, St-Juste is recognized for his size and strength. He has a big wingspan and deceptive speed. St-Juste has the potential to be an effective outside corner for the Jags.

Seventh round, pick 249 (from Tennessee), Trey Smith, offensive guard, Tennessee:

Smith is a highly rated positional blocker who has a solid base. He is known for his quickness and his aggressive nature The 6-6, 300-pounder also has seen some time at left tackle and can be a versatile performer along the line.

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