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Mock Draft Tracker: Defense remains popular at No. 9

Jaguars
18 Feb 2020, 15:09 GMT+10

JACKSONVILLE - The defensive trend continues.

If there has been a constant when it comes to analysts and the Jaguars in the 2020 NFL Draft, it has been that most project a defensive player at No. 9 overall.

That trend continued this past week, with all seven analysts featured in the latest jaguars.com 2020 mock draft tracker - version 5.0 - projecting a defender with the first of the Jaguars' two '20 first-round selections.

The most popular projection at No. 9 this past week?

South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who in January often was projected to the Jaguars at No. 20. His reputation has grown since that month's Senior Bowl, with three analysts this past week projecting him to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall.

"The Jaguars are in need of a versatile, high-upside piece along the interior and Javon Kinlaw fits the billing," Jordan Reid of the Draft Network wrote.

Two other analysts - Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus and Dan Kadar of SB Nation - projected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown to the Jaguars. Renner projected Brown at No. 9 and Kadar projected the Jaguars trading up with the Carolina Panthers and selecting Brown No. 7.

"If Brown doesn't get selected in the first six picks, the Jaguars would be smart to jump up and not risk losing out on him," Kadar wrote.

Former Jaguars running back and current NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew projected the team selecting Clemson safety/linebacker Isaiah Simmons at No. 9 and Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom projected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah - widely projected as a Top 5 selection - being available to the Jaguars there.

"What a steal! The Jags need a lockdown corner, and Okudah is the best this class has to offer," Nystrom wrote.

Wide receiver was a popular selection among analysts for the Jaguars' second first-round selection, with Jones-Drew and Renner projecting Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins to the Jaguars at No. 20 overall.

"Higgins reminds me of [Houston Texans wide receiver] DeAndre Hopkins, as he routinely high-points the ball and wins against defenders by being physical," Jones-Drew wrote, with Renner writing: "The Jaguars don't have a wideout with true possession traits in their rotation at the moment, and no one is better in that area in this draft class than Higgins."

Other analysts projected the following players at No. 20: Alabama safety Xavier McKinney, Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs, Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs and Louisiana State cornerback Kristian Fulton.

"Ruggs in a nutshell: Explosion, explosion, explosion," Nystrom wrote.

Here's the fifth jaguars.com 2020 mock draft tracker:

No. 9 overall ...

Mocker, Affiliation (Date): Player, position, school

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/12): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network (2/12): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Thor Nystrom, Rotoworld (2/12): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com analyst (2/11): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (2/11): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/10): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn (trade with Carolina to No. 7)

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports (2/10): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/6): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

R.J. White, CBSSports.com (2/6): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/5): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/4): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Nate Davis, USA Today (2/4): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Chad Reuter, NFL Media Draft Analyst (2/3): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Todd McShay, ESPN (2/3): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (2/3): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/3): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/30): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Lance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst (1/29): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/27): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (1/27): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (1/24): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Mel Kiper, ESPN (1/24): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media (1/21): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Kevin Hanson, MMQB (1/21): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (1/16): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/14): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/14): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (1/14): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/14): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/14): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/13): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/9): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/9): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/7): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/7): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/7): A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/6): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/2): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Greg Bedard, Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/2): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/1): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (12/31): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (12/31): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Luke Easterling, USA Today (12/30): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (12/30): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (12/30): Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

No. 20 overall ...

Mocker, Affiliation (Date): Player, position, school

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/12): Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network (2/12): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Thor Nystrom, Rotoworld (2/12): Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com analyst (2/11): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (2/11): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports (2/10): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/10): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/6): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

R.J. White, CBSSports.com (2/6): Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/5): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/4): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Nate Davis, USA Today (2/4): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Chad Reuter, NFL Media Draft Analyst (2/3): Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Todd McShay, ESPN (2/3): Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (2/3): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/3): Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/30): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Lance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst (1/29): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/27): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com analyst (1/27): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (1/24): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Mel Kiper, ESPN (1/24): Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media (1/21): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Kevin Hanson, MMQB (1/21): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (1/16): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/14): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (1/14): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/14): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/14): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/14): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Luke Easterling, USA Today (1/13): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/9): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/9): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/7): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (1/7): Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (1/7): Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (1/6): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com (1/2): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Greg Bedard, Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/2): Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (1/1): Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (12/31): Austin Jackson, LT, Southern California

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (12/31): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Luke Easterling, USA Today (12/30): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports (12/30): Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (12/30): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

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