The Cleveland Browns Pick Will Determine How The Jaguars Fare

The Cleveland Browns can go a number of different ways in the NFL Draft. Whatever direction they go will likely determine whether the Jaguars need to trade up or down, or stay put.

Outside of the No. 5 pick in this April's Draft which we believe the Jacksonville Jaguars will make, the most important selection for Jags fans will be when the Cleveland Browns go on the clock at No. 2 overall.  

Cleveland can go a number of ways with their pick.  Most expect them to select a quarterback to reboot the franchise (again), but with the team showing a certain level of interest in Colin Kaepernick and free agent Robert Griffin, III, going with a Jared Goff or Carson Wentz at No. 2 is less than a sure thing.  

How does this affect Jacksonville? 

It appears to be a a three or four player draft for the Jaguars, and of course, they select fifth.  

UCLA outside linebacker Myles Jack would look great in the teal and black, as he would give the team a major playmaker on the second level and he could have the highest upside in this entire draft.  

It's also very possible that the Tennessee Titans or Dallas Cowboys could select him ahead of Jacksonville, not to mention the Cleveland Browns. 

If Jack isn't there, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey would be a great selection.  If the Jaguars added Ramsey, they would have completely transformed the biggest weak spot on their entire defense in the matter of two months, as they also signed Tashaun Gipson in free agency.  Jacksonville would go from the worst safety tandem in football to one of the best.  

As sought after as Jack is, Ramsey might even be more so.  He could go No. 1 to the Titans, No. 2 to the Browns (to replace Gipson), No. 3 to the Chargers or No. 4 to the Cowboys.  Nobody would be surprised and none of those teams would have any legitimate criticism as he could be the best player in this draft.  

Who's next?

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa would be a solid pick for the Jaguars.  The knock against him is that he's so technically proficient that he may have already reached his potential and he could "only" be a 10-12 sack per year guy.  If the team had a double-digit sack guy, opposite last year's first-round pick Dante Fowler, Jr., with Malik Jackson and Sen'Derrick Marks on the inside, that's the potential of a really good defensive line. 

Bosa has to be there, right?  

Not necessarily.  Although he believes he will, he will not go first-overall to the Titans, but the local team up in Cleveland could very well select him at No. 2.  He's not a fit with the Chargers at No. 3, but it's very possible that the Cowboys could take him at No. 4 to replace Greg Hardy.  

Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is the other player who is an elite prospect.  If he somehow slides to the Jaguars at No. 5, there will be plenty of teams looking to trade up assuming they don't take him.  The whole idea is doubtful because of the San Diego Chargers and their desperate need at left tackle.  It's almost unfathomable that they would pass on Tunsil. 

Here's where Cleveland's pick comes in:  If the Browns don't take a quarterback, the Jaguars could be in some trouble, and forced to "reach" for a player like a Vernon Hargreaves.  

Here's an example of a doomsday scenario for the Jags:

Titans- Laremy Tunsil

Browns- Joey Bosa

Chargers- Jalen Ramsey

Cowboys- Myles Jack

Jaguars- ......?  

That would probably be the worst way that the top four picks in the draft could fall for the Jaguars.  If the Browns were to select Ramsey at No. 2, the Chargers would likely be very willing to trade back with the Jaguars as they'll have to go with a "Plan B" for Ronnie Stanley or DeForest Buckner. Jacksonville would be able to select Jack and give up some draft compensation, which they would be willing to do. 

If Cleveland were to select a quarterback, either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz at pick No. 2, the Jaguars would be all but guaranteed to get at the very least Joey Bosa by staying at No. 5, and quite possibly Myles Jack.  That would be the best possible scenario.  

Pay close attention to what the Browns do, it will be the turning point in the entire top part of the draft. 

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