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Mock draft tracker: Defensive trend continues

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Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) in action during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

JACKSONVILLE – The mockers remain defensive about the Jaguars. Very defensive.

Continuing an offseason trend, analysts strongly believe the Jaguars will lean toward defense in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft – particularly at No. 9 overall.

Two prospects – safety/linebacker Isaiah Simmons of Clemson and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina – continued to be popular choices for the Jaguars at No. 9. Seven of 11 analysts in the latest jaguars.com 2020 mock draft track projected one of the two players there.

"This might be a tad high for Kinlaw, but the Jaguars have needs along the defensive line and he is one of the best pass-rushing interior players in the country," Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com wrote.

Kinlaw, who in January was widely regarded as a possibility for the Jaguars with the No. 20 overall selection, continued to be seen as a Top 10 selection by many analysts.

"Kinlaw wowed in a mere two days of Senior Bowl practices and routinely overwhelms blockers with his sheer power and quickness," Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today wrote.

Simmons, perhaps the draft's most versatile defensive player, was the choice for the Jaguars of respected analyst Charley Casserly – a former NFL General Manager with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans now with the NFL Network.

"Is he a better [Kansas City Chiefs safety] Tyrann Mathieu? What is his best position? Anything in the back seven will help the Jags' defense," Casserly wrote.

Two other analysts – Chris Trapasso of CBSSports.com and Kevin Hanson of Sports Illustrated – mocked Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown to the Jaguars at No. 9.

"Brown needs to get more effective as a pass rusher when he can't simply bull rush guards into the quarterback, but he's immensely powerful right now and is the best run defender in the class," Trapasso wrote.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com was the lone analyst among the 11 to project an offensive player to the Jaguars at No. 9, mocking Louisville left tackle Mekhi Becton there.

Cornerback remained a prominent selection by analysts for the Jaguars at No. 20 overall, with seven analysts projecting either Louisiana State corner Kristian Fulton or Florida corner C.J. Henderson there.

"The back seven is where the Jags must get better," Casserly wrote. "Coming out of this first round with Isaiah Simmons and Fulton, they improve their coverage ability dramatically."

Wrote Hanson, "The biggest knock on Henderson will be his tackling, but he possesses the length, speed and confidence to thrive as a cover corner at the next level."

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

No. 9 overall …

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

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com (2/20): Mekhi Becton, LT, Louisville

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/19): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Charley Casserly, NFL Media Analyst (2/18): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Mel Kiper, ESPN (2/18): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com (2/18): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/18): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/17): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (2/17): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network (2/17): Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/17): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com (2/13): A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

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

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com (2/20): Ross Blacklock, DL, Texas Christian

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com (2/19): Josh Jones, LT, Houston

Charley Casserly, NFL Media Analyst (2/18): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Mel Kiper, ESPN (2/18): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com (2/18): Patrick Queen, LB, Louisiana State

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (2/18): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (2/17): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com (2/17): Josh Jones, OL, Houston

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (2/17): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network (2/17): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com (2/13): Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State

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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