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Mock draft tracker: Simmons, corner popular selections for Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE – If this wasn't a consensus, it wasn't far off.

If that near-consensus is correct – and very little can be assumed when it comes to mocking the NFL Draft – the Jaguars could be adding one of college football's most athletic players come April.

Isaiah Simmons, a hybrid safety/linebacker from Clemson University, was the selection of choice for the Jaguars by four of six analysts in the latest jaguars.com 2020 mock draft tracker. All four analysts mocked Simmons to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall.

Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com called Simmons "a physical freak who can line up anywhere on the field, including deep safety."

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com agreed with Simmons as the selection.

"Simmons' versatility as a back-seven defender could make him a disruptive force as a primary playmaker for the Jaguars," Brooks wrote and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Simmons could play linebacker or safety in the NFL.

"Pairing Simmons with last year's first-round pick, Josh Allen, will give the Jaguars two elite defensive athletes to build around," Jeremiah wrote.

Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports projected South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall.

"Adding an interior monster in Kinlaw to the likes of Calais Campbell, Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue and Myles Jack makes your front seven the best in the division," McIntyre wrote.

The analysts didn't agree as much on a player for the Jaguars' second first-round selection – No. 20 overall – but they were nearly unanimous about the position. Five of the six analysts projected cornerback there.

Three of the analysts projected cornerback Trevon Diggs of Alabama to the Jaguars at No. 20, with Brooks calling Diggs a "long, rangy cover corner with natural press skills who would be a perfect fit in the Jaguars' Cover 3 scheme."

Two of the analysts projected Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson to the Jaguars at No. 20.

"Henderson won't replace Jalen Ramsey, but he's a cover corner with ball skills," Wilson wrote, with Jeremiah writing that, "The Jaguars have a need at cornerback, and Henderson is widely viewed as the second-best player at the position in this draft class."

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

No. 9 overall …

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

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

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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