By: Hays Carlyon
I believe the Jaguars will target Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles once he’s a free agent. The Jaguars won’t trade for him and I don’t think they’ll have to make a deal with the Eagles.
So, what would the Foles Plan look like?
There are a few steps involved in acquiring Foles. Let’s go through that and then project what the Jaguars could do with their draft picks.
Carlyon also projected the Jaguars’ first and second round draft choices in the same story.
Here are his projections for rounds three through five.
69th pick: RG Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
Why: The Jaguars need to boost the right side of the line with A.J. Cann and Parnell’s departures. Deiter (6-6, 310) would be an immediate starter at right guard. He started 54 consecutive games for the Badgers (24 at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle). Deiter is playing in the Senior Bowl this week.
75th pick (from Green Bay): RT Kaleb McGary, Washington
Why: McGary (6-8, 324) started over 40 games at right tackle for the Huskies. He would battle last year’s fourth-round pick Will Richardson for Parnell’s spot. McGary is competing at the Senior Bowl.
95th pick (from the Rams): WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Why: Samuel (6-0, 210) accounted for 29 touchdowns in his career, scoring as a receiver, runner and kick returner. He also threw for two scores. Samuel caught 62 passes for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He is competing at the Senior Bowl.
102nd pick: TE Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
Why: Three-year starter for the Eagles, who caught 99 passes for 1,281 yards with 10 touchdowns in his career. Sweeney would be a good compliment for Hockenson, completely revamping what is currently the worst position on the Jaguars roster. Sweeney is playing in the Senior Bowl.
139th pick (from Packers): RB Karan Higdon, Michigan
Why: Higdon (5-10, 202) would provide depth behind Leonard Fournette. Higdon ran for over 2,600 yards at Michigan with 27 touchdowns. He is participating in the Senior Bowl.
That’s seven offensive players in the first five rounds to build the offense around Foles. The Jaguars would have a sixth and seventh-round choice to add linebacker or safety depth.
This should be what the battle plan looks like for Coughlin if Foles is his prime target.
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