JaguarMaven Week 11 Mailbag: Draft Talk and the Foles/Minshew Dynamic
Each week following a Jacksonville Jaguars game, JaguarMaven will take Jacksonville Jaguars-related questions from our readers across social media and answer them in a question-and-answer format, giving readers a chance to have their voices heard.
Question from @zach_goodall: We can assume the two first-round picks will be in the teens. What are your ideal two positions to hit on with those picks, and what’s one wild card?
I’d like to see them come away with another cornerback and a wide receiver with their two first-round picks.
This upcoming draft is considered to be extremely deep at the receiver position, but they need to add a top guy -- much like when they selected Justin Blackmon (remember him!?). I think Chark and Dede are tremendous second-third options, but they could stand to get a talent infusion at the position. Cornerback, there are a couple of players that should fall right around the teens, who would help fill the Ramsey void. With today’s pass-happy NFL, you can never have too many cover guys.
Sleeper? Possibly an offensive tackle. Yes, they selected Cam Robinson in the second-round in 2017, and Jawaan Taylor last season, but teams are always looking to fortify the offensive line. For a team that hasn’t been as consistent as you’d like in the trenches, this could be an area that they address early.
Question from @RyShaffer5: Would you package the 2 first rounders this year to jump up for a prospect? If so, who would you go after? If the Jags stay, what positions would you go after in round 1?
Yes, two players: Georgia T Andrew Thomas & Ohio State DE Chase Young.
Young, of course, would be if the team and 24-year-old defensive end Yannick Ngakoue fail to reach an agreement. I am a firm believer that they need another young edge rusher to grow with Josh Allen. Thomas, is a complete stud and would become an instant 10-year pillar at LT. Both are positions of high value in today;’s NFL, and if they opportunity presented itself, those would be my two.
Should they stand pat, look for Florida CB C.J. Henderson or Clemson’s hybrid S/LB Isaiah Simmons.
Question from @The_Loguester99@: With the Jags being 3-point underdogs for week 11, how confident do you think Foles will play especially after coming off an injury?
If I’ve learned anything from watching Nick Foles play in his time in Philadelphia, it’s that the moment is never too big. Whether it’s been weeks since he’s played, or if he’s coming off a bad game, he is unfazed. He frequently mentions how he “stays in the moment”, and takes everything one play at a time. He may initially start off rusty in the early-going, as he looks to establish a rapport with his pass catchers, but Foles is one of the few quarterbacks in the NFL that you’ll always feel comfortable with when the chips are down.
Question from @_ffenberg: Are both Foles and Minshew on the Jaguars roster going into 2020 training camp?
Yes. The team invested heavily in Foles last offseason, and I anticipate him living up to that over the second half of the season. He will end the season on a high note, and the team will continue to build around him. Minshew, as great as he was in spots, is still a developmental prospect. He has many things to improve on and build off of, and he has a tremendous mentor in Foles to learn from. Foles’ presence alone will be vital for Minshew’s continued development.