2020 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars 7-round mock

A.J. Epenesa, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Cole Kmet, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Cole Kmet, Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Second Round

819. TE. 42. player. Cole Kmet. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Getting a tight end new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden can trust will be key in how either Foles or Minshew grows in this offense. Gruden always used the tight end during his last two coaching stops as the Washington Redskins head coach and the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator before that. Taking Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame here at No. 42 is a no-brainer for Jacksonville.

Kmet projects as the next great tight end to come out of Notre Dame. If he’s a healthier version of what Gruden got to work with in Cincinnati with Tyler Eifert, then Kmet has a great chance to be an immediate impact player for the Jaguars day one. Kmet is a huge target at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and one the Jaguars should look to in the red zone and on third down as a rookie.

As a junior in 2019, Kmet had 43 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns. While his numbers before last year were nothing to write home about, Kmet projects as a high-end tight end in this league. It helps having NFL pedigree from his father Frank Kmet and his uncle Jeff Zgonina having played in the league. Having NFL relatives always helps a young player get acclimated faster.

Though there is some boom-or-bust potential with Kmet, given only one year of major collegiate productivity, he seems like a player Gruden would love to get his hands on early in the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft. The more well-rounded Jacksonville can be in the passing game, the better. Jacksonville could be getting great production and value with this selection at pick No. 42.