As is always the case, the team selecting No. 1 in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft finds itself in a great position. This year, it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After picking quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first selection Thursday evening and teaming him up with fellow former Clemson star, running back Travis Etienne, Jacksonville is building up a talented young core for head coach Urban Meyer.
Right now, it appears that the Jaguars could potentially look to move down from the 33rd selection in order to gain more draft capital. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, teams are looking to move up with the Jaguars as well as the New York Jets (34th overall).
This can’t be considered too much of a surprise. Other teams are looking to jockey for position now that they have reset their draft boards following Round 1. Right now, nine of our top-32 prospects leading up to the NFL Draft are still on the board. It could lead to a bidding war for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Below, we look at three potential trade scenarios.
Jacksonville Jaguars trade down with Washington Football Team
- Details: Jaguars move 33rd pick to Washington for 51st and 82nd picks
Stanford product Davis Mills is favored to be the first quarterback off the board in Round 2. After passing up on the possibility of adding a potential future starter behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first round, there’s a chance that new Washington general manager Martin Mayhew attempts to nab this greenish, but high-upside prototypical quarterback in a trade-up scenario. As for the Jaguars, they add yet another third-round pick to a war chest that already includes three Day 2 selections.
Jacksonville Jaguars trade down with the San Francisco 49ers
- Details: Jaguars move 33rd pick to the 49ers for 43rd pick, third-round pick and fifth-round selection
There was talk of the 49ers potentially looking to move up to the bottom of Round 1 after adding quarterback Trey Lance to the mix with the third selection. Following an unusually active free-agent period, San Francisco will not make eight picks to close out the remainder of the draft. It just doesn’t have that many needs right now. Rather, the 49ers opt to move up to 33 for someone like Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins or Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore. In turn, the Jags add two more picks to their stockpile.
Jacksonville Jaguars trade down with Denver Broncos
- Details: Jaguars move 33rd pick to the Broncos for 40th pick and fourth-round selection
Moving down just over a half-dozen spots in the second round would still be able to net the Jaguars either defensive help or someone at the skill positions to team up with Lawrence and Etienne. In the process, Jacksonville nabs a valuable pick at the start of Day 3.
As for the Broncos, the target here is rather obvious. After picking up stud cornerback Patrick Surtain II in the first round and with no real need at quarterback, adding more talent to defense would make sense. That’s where all-everything linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from Notre Dame comes into play. He was our 17th-ranked prospect leading up to the draft and is a perfect scheme fit in Vic Fangio’s defense.