The football writer world is in full mock draft swing right now. Mock Drafts are a dime a dozen right now and so are the players being pegged to the Jaguars. As we touched on a little bit on BCC Radio Tuesday night, there are some players we can't help but just shake our heads at. However, others are right on the ball. We're here to help you filter out the rubbish and the rubies of this year's mock drafts.
1. Face palm Worthy Selections
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St.
I still can't figure out why so many people have Bryant pegged to go to the Jaguars. It seems the Jaguars need a few more seasons before the stigma of their CFL level wide receiver corps wears off. Either way, if Gene Smith passed on Michael Crabtree with the state the WR corps was in last year, why would he get Crabtree 2.0 a year later? Granted, I thought Bryant's year long suspension was excessive, but anyone associated with Deion Sanders tends to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Coupled with the Jaguars less than stellar history with wide receivers and you have all you need for a face palm.
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
I won't even bother bring out the soapbox again. Gene Smith isn't taking a H-back with the 10th pick regardless of the ticket situation, enough said.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Not a face palm from a talent stand point. I would do a back flip if McCoy was still there at #10. However, the odds of that happening are so small, it is isn't relevant to talk about it happening.
2. Understandable, but still not quite right
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
I'm sure he was on the Jaguars radar until he laid a massive egg at his Pro Day. Getting winded doing basic drills is never a sign of a guy taking the draft process seriously. Coupled with his terrible performance in the Orange Bowl, and it makes me think Morgan has been coasting for awhile now. While he's the best player at the Jags biggest need, he's still not a Top 10 guy.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF
The potential upside on him is ridiculous. Just as the Jaguars need some time to shed the image of the WR corps, they'll also need time to recover from Shack Harris' draft strategy. Pierre-Paul is a swing for the fences pick, and you can't do that with only six picks in the draft.
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams is going to be a good player, but I don't think he's the right guy for the Jaguars. He'll sit there and plug up guys on the run game, but he's not a fierce pocket collapsing DT.
3. Now I'm interested
CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
We've gone over Spiller before, but the fact remains he would be the Jaguars best offensive weapon when he stepped on the field. However, I've gotten off the Spiller bandwagon just as everyone else is getting on. I think you can get a Dexter McCluster for much cheaper and not much of a drop in skill.
Any offensive tackle
If the Jaguars are dead set on recreating the Boselli-Searcy combo, another elite tackle will probably be needed. Nothing against Britton, but if Anthony Davis or Bryan Bulaga are sitting there at 10, it will be hard for the Jaguars to not at least consider it.
Joe Haden, CB, Florida
I've cooled on Haden as well. I just have too many questions regarding his speed. Regardless of poor technique or not, an elite CB prospect should never turn in the 40 time he turned in at the combine. Haden isn't in Revis' league, maybe not even Rashean Mathis' league. He's a good corner, but not quite as elite as people make him out to be.
4. These people have done their research
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
It's obvious the Jaguars like McClain alot. While some have questioned whether he can be a MLB in the 4-3, the Jaguars are confident he can be. Given the Jaguars comments about addressing the MLB position and McClain's leadership skills, it seems like he is certainly one of Gene's guys.
Earl Thomas, S, Texas
I know Terry is pulling his hair out with this one, but I think he's the real deal. Watching him on film, he seems to know exactly where the ball is going just as the QB releases it. He has the skills to be a natural corner as well, allowing him to stay on the field when the Colts and Texans go three wide.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Assuming the Jaguars are sold that Clausen has matured from his pompous 18 year old self, they'll be looking at him hard as well.
Take this with the appropriate salt, but I think this should help you figure out who actually might know what they're doing.