Our Jacksonville Jaguars will likely hold a top 5 pick in the 2013 draft. Although it is impossible to predict the order of the draft this far in advance, I thought it'd be fun to look at the teams who will most likely be in the top 5. These teams consist of:
Carolina Panthers (1-5) Cam Newton: 2nd Year, 58.4 %, 1387 yards, 5 TD vs 6 INT. 79.3 QB rating
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) Blaine Gabbert: 2nd Year, 55.7 %, 906 yards, 6 TD vs 3 INT. 77.1 QB rating
I wanted to include each of these 7 teams records, as well as the quarterback that is currently starting for each team. I want to assume (and hopefully you all will agree with my assumption) that only 3 of these teams will be looking for a QB come April: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Assuming this is the case, there is a very high probability that the Jaguars will be in position to draft either Matt Barkley or Geno Smith with a top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. With either Barkley or Smith available, I do not see the Jaguars drafting DE or DT with a top 5 pick this season.
This being said, let the fun begin. Lets say we draft Geno Smith with our first pick. Here is the mock draft I would love to see:
1. Geno Smith, QB: 6'4'', Mobile, moves in pocket, reads field, can make all the throws,
2. (33 overall) Tavon Austin, WR: I love the idea of pairing Geno with Tavon, and give us another playmaker outside of MJD. This guy is tiny, at 5'8'', but he can FLY, and he has moves like mcJaggerrrrrr
3. (63 overall) Gerald Hodges, OLB: With the status of Daryl Smith and Clint Sessions uncertain, Gerald Hodges would be a perfect fit playing in our defensive system. He has speed and is a play-maker. Penn State has put linebackers out consistently, whether it be Navarro Bowman, Dan Conner, Sean Lee, Tamba Hali, Cameron Wake, or our own Paul Posluszny.
4. (95 overall) Desmond Trufant, CB: Drafting Trufant will allow us to transition away from a washed up Rasheen Mathis.
5. Silas Redd, RB
These first 5 picks are plenty to talk about. I realize I did not address the pass rush, but Rome wasn't built overnight. Our 32nd offensive rank doesn't allow us to compete, and our defense would improve by default if our offense improved.
Maybe losing in 2012 will lead to a huge turn-around in 2013. Let's hope!!