Jaguars' Updated 2021 NFL Draft Picks After Reported Yannick Ngakoue Trade

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2020

FILE - This Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 file photo shows Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022, a person familiar with the trade said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their rebuild by trading pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and in turn they have a lot of draft capital to add talent in 2021 and beyond.

The team now has four picks in the first two rounds, thanks in part to the trade sending Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in October 2019.


Updated 2021 Draft Picks

Round 1: Jaguars, Rams

Round 2: Jaguars, Vikings

Round 3: Jaguars

Round 4: Jaguars, Rams

Round 5: Jaguars

Round 6: Jaguars

Round 7: Jaguars

*Jacksonville also received a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick from the Vikings, which could be as high as a third if the Vikings win the Super Bowl and Ngakoue earns a Pro Bowl selection.


The team had 12 draft picks in 2020 thanks to trades involving Ramsey, Calais Campbell, Nick Foles, A.J. Bouye and more. With two first-round picks, Jacksonville selected cornerback C.J. Henderson and pass-rusher K'Lavon Chaisson, potentially replacing Ramsey and Ngakoue.

The team had also already invested heavily defensively, with prior first-round picks used on Taven Bryan (2018) and Josh Allen (2019).

Jacksonville has only one playoff appearance in the last 12 years, but the squad reached the AFC Championship Game in 2017 and appeared ready to build on that success with a talented young core. However, two years of losing seasons have seen a dramatic change, with many of the key players already gone.

Gardner Minshew, a 2019 sixth-round pick, will head into 2020 as the starter at QB following inconsistent performances from Foles and Blake Bortles over the past couple of years.

The franchise will look to build a new core through the draft and will have a number of opportunities to do it.